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Impact Report 2022

Impact Report 2022

In 2021 we matched over 11,000 young people to a mentor who supported them to develop knowledge, networks and confidence in their education pathway. The report details the link our data shows between supported, confident decision-making and access and success in higher education.

Students from the lowest participation areas who receive Brightside mentoring are twice as likely to access higher education than those who don’t and, crucially, more likely to complete their course.

This year, alongside our robust evaluation, we’ve included a particular focus on telling the stories of the young people we work with, and we hope you enjoy reading these inspiring stories.

The report also includes information about where we work in the UK, testimonials from universities and charities we partnered with in 2021, tales from our volunteers and what’s on Brightside’s agenda for 2022 and beyond.

Why choose Brightside?


of surveyed mentees felt that mentoring helped them feel optimistic about the future


of surveyed mentees indicated that Brightside mentoring influenced their decision-making


of Brightside mentees from the lowest participation postcodes access HE, compared to a national average of 30% from the same areas

More impact reports

Impact Report 2023

Read how our online mentoring programmes are having a positive impact on young people all over the UK.

Impact Report 2021

Take a look at how we did in 2020/21 and how we continued to provide personalised support for young people in a time of great adversity.