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DAY1 Mentors

DAY1 is nothing without our mentors. We have an ever growing number of people (300+ ) in the local community aged from 18 to 75 years, who have acted as DAY1 mentors and this number is ever growing. Our mentors come from all walks of life and include engineers, nurses, call centre managers, health promotion specialists, mechanics, business development managers, retail assistants, fire-fighters, sports coaches, administrators, production workers and many more.

All are fully trained in the skills required to act as a mentor and most find that their DAY1 training impacts positively and directly on their working life too.


Many of our mentors are now beginning a fifth, sixth or even eleventh year of mentoring and they are providing a wonderful focused and positive contribution not only to their individual young person but also to the wider community as well.

Training Personnel

Our trainers include: youth work experts, a training coordinator, an educationalist, business people, a clinical psychologist, a child protection expert, an ‘inspirational’ speaker, past DAY1 mentors, outdoor instructors and more.

Dr Emma Burton BSc. Hons, D.Clin.Psychol.

Emma started her working career as a French Polisher then quickly developed an interest and skills in advanced woodworking and ran her own fine cabinet making business for five years.  Looking for a new challenge, Emma became a volunteer mentor with “Off the Record”, an agency set up to support people through the transition from school to work and independent living and this lead to further work as a mentor in schools running workshops for children and young people experiencing hardship. This experience triggered an application to Stirling University and a career in Psychology, eventually leading to her gaining a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Edinburgh.

Emma’s experience is broad, having worked in the NHS mental health service since 2004. This has involved adult mental health, older adult’s mental health, adults with learning disability, autistic spectrum disorders and neuropsychology, with occasional medico-legal work thrown in for good measure. Her current and specific interest is in clinical psychology for children, young people and their families. She currently holds a part-time post in the NHS and runs her own private practice offering therapeutic interventions to help improve the physical and or mental well being of individuals experiencing psychological difficulties.

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