Young mum gets new mentor – Scotland’s First Minister

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The First Minister of Scotland has agreed to mentor the Charlotte Liddell over the course of a year

8th August 2017 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Nicola Sturgeon is to mentor a young mother as part of an initiative by a  Fife charity

Charity volunteer Charlotte Liddell, of Buckhaven, Fife, was picked from more than 200 applicants.

The first minister made the announcement at the charity Fife Gingerbread in Leven, which helps lone parents and disadvantaged families, where Charlotte has volunteered for three years.

The mother-of-two was a carer for a relative since age 12 and left school two years later.

Sturgeon said: “Charlotte immediately struck me as someone with the passion and determination to make a difference to her community and to young people - especially for those who face tough challenges in life.

“Charlotte is a really impressive young woman who has already achieved so much and I hope the mentoring experience over the next year will be of real benefit to her and help her achieve her ambitions for the future.

I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with Charlotte - Nicola Sturgeon

“I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with Charlotte - but I have no doubt that I will also learn a lot from her.

“The number and quality of applications to be my mentee was exceptional and narrowing it down to just one was a really tough decision.”

Sturgeon urged leaders across Scotland to consider setting up a mentoring programme.

Liddell, who won a Young Volunteer of the Year 2017 award, said: “I want to inspire others just as the first minister inspired me. I want people to know that no matter what happens in your life, you can still succeed.

“Too often, young people are told they will never amount to anything - especially young parents. By being chosen for this mentorship, I hope I will help other young people to believe in themselves - especially those whose voices are not heard.”