Big Lottery Fund Backs The Mullany Fund’s Social Mobility Scheme
The August 2012 edition of The Big Lottery Fund’s Big Magazine features an article describing the background and successful first year of The Mullany Fund Ementoring Project. The Mullany Fund received funding last year from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme which helped the charity to launch its flagship E-mentoring project.
The fund’s social media platform links young people who are interested in a career in medicine with professionals who can encourage and support them to succeed in their chosen field.
Social mobility is seen by many as a measure of the equality of life opportunities, reflecting the extent to which parents influence the success of their children in later life or, on the flipside, the extent to which individuals can make it by virtue of their own talents, motivation and luck.
“The link between an individual’s earnings and their parents’ earnings is stronger here than anywhere else in the Western World so we concentrated on this issue to see how best to address it” said a Mullany Fund spokesperson.
Currently, only 11 per cent of UK doctors are from the lowest socio-economic group. The fund’s vision is of a nation where talented, motivated individuals are not excluded from a career in medicine or healthcare because of poverty or any other disadvantage. It believes that access to knowledge is key to widening access to education as not all young people have the social networks around them to make informed choices.
The full article may be read here.