intandem is Scotland’s national mentoring programme, offering 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 with extended family (kinship care).
Children and young people become involved with the care system when parents struggle to navigate tough times. This could be chronic illness, mental health problems or a death in the family – all things that can make it harder to give children the best care and support.
A consistent, caring mentoring relationship helps children and young people to develop positive wellbeing and resilience, giving them the foundation they need to build strong relationships in the future and overcome trauma experienced in the past.
intandem is funded by Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust, and is managed by Inspiring Scotland.
intandem works alongside 11 partner charities to train and match volunteer mentors with children and young people. This community-based approach also strengthens local communities by providing training and opportunities for volunteers to be part of young people’s lives and healthy development.
RELATIONSHIPS CHANGE LIVES.
With the right support, all children and young people can thrive and communities are strengthened. Their vision is that all young people who are in care or on the edge of care have the resilience and confidence to succeed in life.
They are committed to the pledges made in the Independent Care Review and to #KeepThePromise. They place young people’s voices at the heart of all we do. Their Young Persons Forum “InVoice” provides a platform for young people to speak on the issues that affect them.
The main tasks of a Volunteer Mentor will be building a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship with children & young people aged 8 – 14 who are looked after at home.
- Working in a person-centred way with young people
- Providing opportunities for young people to participate in meaningful activities
- Promote the wellbeing of every child through creative and fun approaches
- Communicating and linking with the intandem mentor coordinator on a regular basis.
- Working as part of a team as well as on your own.