Member News: Intandem projects seeking mentors

20 October 2017

Member News: Intandem projects seeking mentors

intandem projects across Scotland are recruiting new volunteer mentors to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people who are looked after by their local authority, but living at home.  

intandem matches young people with trained volunteers to build a positive, trusting, supportive and secure relationship.  So far 140 volunteer mentors have been recruited from all over Scotland and the various intandem projects are trying to recruit even more.  

Volunteer mentors need to be good listeners and able to relate to the life experiences of young people and children they will be supporting.  All volunteers receive a full induction, high quality, relevant training, regular on-going support and expenses are reimbursed. 

New mentors are being sought in 13 local authority areas across Scotland and details of these areas and how to apply can be found on the intandem website.

Reflecting on her experience as an intandem mentor, Georgina Armstrong, who is currently completing her final year of study in criminal justice, said: 

"The training gave me the confidence I needed to do the volunteering. It’s great that the coordinator is always there for support. I got matched quite quickly and we have bonded really well."

intandem mentor, Jade McLachlan, who works full-time for SACRO, said:

"I enjoyed all the training; we had such a good group it completely prepared me for being matched.  I am absolutely loving volunteering and I can’t believe how well my mentee has taken to the project… he is so excited when I pick him up which is amazing."

Further information is available from the intandem website.

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