Since our launch in 2016, intandem has recruited and trained hundreds of volunteers and made over 450 matches between young people and mentors. We currently operate in 19 Local Authorities and have plans to bring intandem to every local authority in Scotland.
We measure our impact by listening to the life stories of the young people we support. Through having a mentor, young people are able to overcome challenging circumstances and become more confident, build trust, and crucially, feel heard and valued. Many young people mentored through intandem identify new skills and interests through their mentoring experiences. They feel empowered to take positive steps forward, safe in the knowledge that they are supported.
By supporting young people, intandem mentors are also able to reduce strain on the whole family. The average length of an intandem mentoring relationship is 15 months. Our latest external evaluation report from Research Scotland highlights the incredible difference these long-term relationships can make, not only for young people, but their families, too.
“Overcoming trauma requires a foundation of stable, nurturing, loving relationships. For above all else, the Care Review has heard that children want to be loved, and recovery from trauma is often based on a foundation of loving, caring relationships.”
The Promise, The Independent Care Review