Intandem, Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people looked after at home, launched in November 2016. It is funded by Scottish Government and delivered by Inspiring Scotland. intandem provides mentors for young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home.
We know how crucial it is for all young people to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. The disruption children face leading up to, on coming into or leaving the care system can make this difficult to achieve within a family setting.
intandem has been set up to help young people face these challenges. Through our portfolio of 12 partner charities, intandem matches young people with trained volunteers to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationships. These relationships are expected to last for the long term, with frequent and regular meetings. intandem mentoring is supported to continue even if a young person’s home circumstances change.
Partner charities receive on-going support from intandem and Inspiring Scotland across a range of activities including recruitment, training, safeguarding, and evaluation as well as capacity building and organisational support. Charities also participate in co-designing intandem’s approach to evaluation, and take part in agreed evaluation and reporting processes, overseen by Inspiring Scotland.
We have agreed our common values which reflect the way we do things in intandem. They are: Openness, Aspiration, Respect and Commitment.
Information for volunteers
Intandem relies on volunteers to provide a positive, trusted and fun role model for children and young people.
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 community through different activities.
We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners and who can relate to the often difficult life experiences these young people and children may have faced. This type of volunteering is not for everyone – it needs a real commitment of time and energy but offers real rewards in terms of making a difference in a young life.
All our volunteers are carefully selected, screened and trained before being matched with a child or young person. It’s up to the young person to make the final decision on a match so you may need to be patient until you are chosen.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor to a young person, find out about the charities involved and the areas intandem is operating across Scotland www.intandem.scot.