MEGAN Mentoring against exclusion


Mentoring Excluded Groups and Networks



This project piloted, tested and evaluated the use of mentoring as a means of facilitating the social inclusion and employment of vulnerable groups. Working in Portugal, the UK and Hungary, the project has engaged with a number of marginalized communities, including Roma, migrants, long-term unemployed and offenders, to identify and assess the impact and transferability of mentoring.



  • To enhance the social inclusion of migrant communities through mentoring;
  • To promote effective and cost-efficient strategies to support the social inclusion and employment of vulnerable groups;
  • To measure the impact of mentoring on a range of hard (e.g. employment and reoffending) and soft (e.g. confidence and motivation) outcomes for marginalised communities;
  • To test the feasibility of conducting a randomised control trial of mentoring to identify impacts.


Expected outcomes

  • A protocol of mentor training and recruitment;
  • 1 train the trainer mentoring programme and respective materials;
  • A standardized tool for measuring the mentoring outcomes;
  • A common framework of minimum standards for mentoring programmes;
  • A framework for upscaling mentoring in each partner country;
  • Video evidence of mentoring programmes from each partner country to be used as promotional material for mentoring programmes;
  • A final report to the Commission;
  • A final peer review report on the delivery of the project;
  • A final transnational conference – dissemination of learning and results.






National Offender Management Service (NOMS), UK

Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion (Inclusion), UK

London Probation Trust, UK

Praxis, UK

BAGAzs, Hungary

Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Amadora (SCMA), Portugal


Associated partner

IPS_Innovative Prison Systems



European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013)


Time frame

01/11/2012 to 31/10/2014 (24 months)

Using mentoring in marginalized groups, including offenders, to enable inclusion and employment


Offender rehabilitation
Special needs
Training and development

Portugal, United Kingdom, Hungary

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