Intandem - Mentoring Scotland's Young People
intandem is Scotland’s mentoring programme for young people looked after at home. The programme is funded by Scottish Government and delivered nationally by Inspiring Scotland in partnership with 13 charities who deliver locally. In Fife, intandem is based at the Kirkcaldy YMCA.
intandem provides mentors for young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home.
A child or young person may become looked after at home through the Children’s Hearing system. The panel may decide that continuing to live with their parents with support and supervision from social workers and other agencies is best for a child or young person’s welfare.
The outcome is a ‘supervision requirement with no condition of residence’, which is often called being looked after at home.
The intandem programme reflects how important 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, going into or leaving the care system can make this difficult to achieve.
We are looking for reliable, stable 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 and screened. The recruitment process includes application form, meeting with programme manager, PVG, 2 x references, training and informal interview. Training is provided 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 volunteers may need to be patient until they are chosen.
intandem will match young people with trained volunteers and support them to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship. To be most effective, the mentoring relationships will be long term, frequent and regular.
intandem relies on volunteers to provide a positive, trusted and fun role model for children and young people.
Volunteer mentors will meet weekly with the young person for at least a year to listen and to encourage them to explore their community through different activities. Each session should be at least 1 hour. There are also team days and celebration events throughout the year which are fun and give you an opportunity to meet with other mentors and young people.
If you’d like to find out more about mentoring in Fife, please call 01592 645 537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org