Member News: intandem celebrates one year anniversary
26 March 2018
intandem, Scotland's mentoring programme for young people who are looked after at home, has recently celebrated the one year anniversary of its first mentoring match.
Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, recorded a special message acknowledging the important role that the mentoring programme plays in helping Scotland's young people to get the best start in life. The First Minister thanked the hundreds of volunteer mentors who have signed up and the young people themselves for giving mentoring a chance.
In her recorded message, the First Minister said:
"We know that an uncertain home life means young people can often miss out on support, opportunities and even fun that other children enjoy. I’m determined to change that so all children across Scotland get the best start in life and that’s why programme like intandem are so important."
One year since intandem's first mentoring match, nearly 200 volunteer mentors from across Scotland have undertaken training and are ready to mentor young Scots who are looked after at home. There are currently 75 live mentoring matches and another 85 young people who have been referred and are currently going through the matching process.
Speaking about intandem's one year anniversary, Chief Executive of Inspiring Scotland, Ceila Tennant said:
"We are very proud of the important role intandem plays in supporting young people who experience challenge in their life because of their home circumstances. We know that having the opportunity to build a positive trusting relationship can make a real difference to young people and that is what intandem is all about."
"I am delighted to join the First Minster in thanking the hundreds of individuals across Scotland who have signed up to become volunteer mentors for intandem and are making a real difference to the lives of Scotland’s young people."