Action for Children (Highlands)

Charity registered in Scotland SC038092

We give young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. Last year we helped more than 20,000 of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, working in partnership with local authorities and other agencies. We help transform the lives of thousands of children and young people each year and we've been doing so for more than 60 years. With over 85 services across Scotland, we are in the communities where you live and work.

Current opportunities

Working in a team of volunteers and a co-ordinator that will support you with a match of a young person of the age 5-14years, training and supervision will also be given. The opportunity of learning from courses is also given for example, first aid and an introduction to Child protection. A PVG check will be required and paid by AFC if you are successful in Interview and reference checks This is a great opportunity for a volunteer to work within a Team organisation which involves being a part of events and helping organise activities for the young person. There are a lot of pf potential benefits with working in a large organisation Action for Children as it can lead to future work as a career or great for your CV if you are looking at supporting Young People as a career or just to enjoy the company and discovering new activities with a young person once a week for an hour or two.

Intandem, Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people looked after at home, was 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. The aim of this approach is to enhance and broaden the current service. Our mission statement is to support by inspiring uses of innovative approaches alongside Inspiring Scotland and strengthen the service, to help more families with complex family circumstances. By including kinship care within the service, it will possibly be a part of early intervention of young people, potentially avoiding them being placed on compulsory supervision orders. It will increase the positive scope of the Intandem service and give other young people the opportunity of being with a safe person within a cohesive and enabling system which has duty of care obligations. A Kinship Care Order has a similar structure to a Compulsory Supervision Order Young people under a Kinship Care Order may not have attended a Children’s Hearing. Due to the change of the world’s current circumstances with regards to COVID-19 this expansion would be of great service to more families within the Highlands. 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 and requires the young person to have a compulsory supervision order. “The mentoring program has had a positive impact in the life of CC, at a very crucial time where her life was full of negative choices. Having a mentor has provided her with the necessary tools to be more aware of the impact of negative actions and reinforced the importance of positive life choices to get to a positive destination.”