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intandem

Everyone should have someone who is always there.

Young people who are looked after at home have the poorest outcomes of all young people in Scotland. intandem supports them by helping them to build a consistent, trusting relationship with a positive adult role-model.

Your donation will support young people through the complex challenges they face.

Mentoring Scotland’s young people.

We believe a difficult and disruptive home life should not be an insurmountable barrier to a young person succeeding in life. 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. Established in 2016, intandem provides mentors for young people aged between 8-14 years who are looked after by their local authority but living at home.

Funded by Scottish Government and designed and delivered by Inspiring Scotland, the programme has been set up to help young people face the unique challenges their circumstances can create.

With the help of partner charities, intandem will match young people with trained volunteers to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship.

For too many young people a challenging home life can lead to a spiral of negative behaviour which can have a lasting effect on their future chances in life. Having a consistent and positive role-model who listens and takes an active interest can prevent these vulnerable young people from becoming disengaged, helping them to realise their full potential.

£550k

invested in 2020-21

12

partner charities

400+

mentors trained

400+

matches made

intandem

Portfolio of charities

Action for Children
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Action for Children

Action for Children delivers services aimed at young people who are unemployed and who may have other issues restricting their ability to access the job market. OFN investment supports a number of important programmes that improve young people’s ability to move into a positive destination such as Youthbuild, Hospitality, Aiming High and STAY. CashBack for

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Barnardo’s Scotland
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Barnardo’s Scotland

One of the UK’s largest children’s charities, Barnardo’s provide a number of services which include family support, befriending, mentoring, parenting groups and many more. Barnardo’s is supported by CashBack for Communities.  More information is available on the CashBack.scot Barnardo’s East Ayrshire is one of the 13 charities in the Intandem portfolio. For more information see

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Befriend a Child
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Befriend a Child

Aberdeen based, Befriend a Child’s motto is to ‘Turn a Frown Upside Down’, the core service is a 1:1 befriending scheme and runs a number of other complimentray services. Befriend a Child are one of the 13 charities in the intandem portfolio. Further information is available www.intandem.scot    

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Our news

New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.
13.04.2022

New commitment to mentoring programme supporting children and young people living in kinship care arrangements.

An award of £450,000 from The Robertson Trust will enable Inspiring Scotland to expand intandem, the national mentoring programme for children and young people looked after at home, to include 8-14 year olds living in kinship care arrangements across Scotland. intandem recognises that young people looked after while living at home can experience challenging circumstances.

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Celebrating 5 years of intandem
15.12.2021

Celebrating 5 years of intandem

Inspiring Scotland’s Head of Development and Partnership, Julia Abel, reflects upon the impact of intandem mentoring as the programme celebrates its fifth birthday. We all need consistent, trusting relationships. For young people who have care experience, these relationships can sometimes be lacking. The long-term presence of a trusted, supportive adult can make all the difference

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intandem expand their team and help map mentoring to Keep the Promise
09.08.2021

intandem expand their team and help map mentoring to Keep the Promise

As part of their ongoing commitment to amplify the voices of children and young people, intandem are taking action to Keep the Promise of the Independent Care Review. After a successful application to The Promise Partnership, intandem secured investment to recruit a Programme Development Intern to support the national mentoring programme, and are delighted to

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