intandem, Scotland’s mentoring program for young people, brings together vulnerable young people aged 8-14 with a mentor to build a consistent and trusting relationship, and improve their chances in life. The Scottish Government has appointed Inspiring Scotland to lead the development of the intandem program, with YMCA Edinburgh one of the delivery organisations in Edinburgh.
intandem aims to focus on and promote the wellbeing of every child who is matched with a mentor. The focus of every mentoring relationship will be on supporting the development of the child by listening to them, recognising and building on their existing strengths and providing support and encouragement to deal with difficult and challenging situations in their lives.
Becoming a mentor
As an intandem mentor you will undergo training and then be matched with a young person referred to the project. The mentor’s role is to regularly meet up with the young person (typically once a week for 2 hours), to take part in activities in the community that are fun and engaging, acting as a listening ear and positive role model to the child. The time that mentoring takes place is flexible and arranged between the young person and mentor, however it usually occurs out of school hours (evenings or weekends). Mentoring relationships last at least one year, therefore we require individuals to make a commitment to a minimum of 1 years mentoring. Regular support is provided throughout the mentoring relationship, through meetings with the project coordinator as well as regular opportunities to meet with other mentors at training events, peer support nights and social events.