15th Anniversary Report

15th Anniversary Report

To mark our 15th anniversary in 2018, we created a report to showcase how we reached the milestone of supporting 100,000 since 2003.


Beginning with 50 students in London 15 years ago, Brightside now mentors over 10,000 students a year across every region of England. Our latest report looks back at how Brightside has grown to be the largest online mentoring organisation in the UK, and features firsthand accounts of how mentoring has changed lives from some of the tens of thousands of mentees and mentors we have worked with. The report also gives a glimpse of our exciting plans for the future as well as the impact data from our recent programme-wide evaluation.

Thank you to all the friends, partners and supporters who have made our success possible and – most importantly – all the volunteer mentors who have given their time and dedication to supporting so many young people over the last 15 years. Here’s to the next 15!

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

More impact reports

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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.

Take a look at the first longitudinal analysis of our mentoring programmes

This is a big day for Brightside. We are incredibly proud to publish the results from the first longitudinal analysis of our online mentoring programmes.