Inspiring Scotland - intandem

We know how crucial it is for all young people to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. This can be harder to achieve for children coming in to contact with the care system.

intandem offers mentoring on a regular basis to children and young people involved in the care system, specifically those living at home (under a compulsory supervision order) or those who are living with extended family (kinship care). To be supported by intandem children and young people must be aged 8-14 when their mentoring relationship begins, but this can continue for as long as requested by the child or young person, even if their home circumstances change.

Through our portfolio of 12 partner charities, intandem matches young people with trained volunteers to build positive, trusting, and supportive relationships. These relationships are expected to last for the long term, with frequent and regular meetings.

intandem is funded by Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, delivered by Inspiring Scotland and 12 partner charities across Scotland. We are currently mentoring in 19 local authorities. Find out more at

Information for volunteers

Intandem’s success is down to the dedication of volunteer mentors who are consistently there for young people. We rely on volunteers to provide a positive, trusted and fun role model for children and young people.

After full training and screening, you will meet weekly with your ‘mentee’ (a child or young person aged between 8-14 years) for at least a year to listen and to encourage them to explore their own goals and local community through different activities.

On-going training and support is provided throughout the mentoring relationship. Mentors tell us the learning and development is two-way. Being a mentor is incredibly rewarding and can also help widen your skill set and broaden your CV.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, find your local intandem at


Susie White
Inspiring Scotland - Intandem
Inspiring Scotland,
Suite 2
14 New Mart Road
City Of Edinburgh
EH14 1RL