This volunteer week gives us a platform to shine a spotlight on the huge impact that intandem’s volunteer mentors make. On behalf of our partner charities, we’d like to thank all of our volunteer mentors for their commitment to supporting children and young people. Without you Intandem wouldn’t be possible.
By bringing together young people and supportive volunteers, intandem enables children and young people to bring about positive change in their lives. Since we began in 2017, we have made nearly 500 matches with the average mentoring relationship lasting 17 months. It’s this commitment to a long-term relationship that sets our volunteers apart and really makes a difference to the young people they support.
Like with Kyle:
Kyle and his mentor were matched three years ago and regularly met, until the pandemic moved their meet-ups remotely. Kyle had a history of issues with school and eventually stopped going. Struggling with motivation, Kyle was spending his days sleeping and his nights playing computer games. He wanted to change this and with his mentor Michelle’s continued her support, meeting every week and helping him develop a stronger routine, Kyle has got his motivation back. Kyle’s now 16 years old and working a full-time job with a landscaping company – saying he really enjoys both the routine and the independence of making his own money.
But for every success story there are still more children and young people looked after and at home who could benefit from the support of a trusted mentor. Over 550 young people have been referred to intandem, across 19 local authority areas in Scotland.
Find out more about how you could become an intandem mentor and make a difference to both your life and the life of young person where you live.