Summer activities for children w/ care experience

by Inspiring Scotland in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We did it
On 4th July 2023 we successfully raised £10,062 ( + est. £1000.50 Gift Aid ) with 80 supporters in 35 days

Help intandem raise £10,000 for children and young people involved in the care system to create happy memories this summer to last forever.

by Inspiring Scotland in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Our stretch target of £15,000 will mean we can extend the summer activities into September and give our young people with care experience even more unforgettable memories and chances to build their confidence and resilience for the future

Help children with care experience create lifelong memories this summer

Help us raise money to ensure children and young people involved in the care system can create happy memories during the summer that will last forever. 

Every pound you give will be matched by Inspiring Scotland! 

We all have fond memories of the school holidays. Whether it be going out on our bikes from first thing in the morning until the streetlights come on, or the first time we went to the beach - those all-important experiences to talk to your friends about on your first day back at school.  

All children deserve the opportunity to have fun and try new things to help set them up for a positive future. For many, the summer holidays are a time for creating happy memories, but some children miss out more than others. 

Many families in Scotland are struggling to stay afloat, especially with rising costs, and children can enter the care system when their parents struggle to navigate the challenges and stresses of their lives. For these children, the summer holidays may not offer the same opportunity to create these happy memories. 

How intandem mentoring can help

intandem is Scotland’s national mentoring programme, offering mentoring on a regular basis to children aged 8 – 14 involved in the care system, living at home (under a compulsory supervision order) or with extended family (known as kinship care).  

Our vision is that all young people who are in care or at risk of entering the care system have the resilience and confidence to succeed in life. 

intandem mentors and mentees meet up weekly and usually do activities such as going for a hot drink or to a park, but this summer we want to go the extra mile and raise money for our matches to be able to do something a bit more special. This could be going to a zoo, crazy golf or even visit a theme park!

Brodie’s story

Brodie* is 10 and has been meeting with his mentor for almost four months. Brodie became involved in mentoring because of low confidence, social isolation and struggled with his behaviour. He lives with his mum, who has her own mental health challenges and is keen for him to have a positive male role model. 

Brodie was matched with a mentor with similar interests. Together, they have taken a range of outdoor trips including taking bike trips, visiting horses, and travelling to parks and beaches. Initially, Brodie was very focused on video games and didn’t spend much time outdoors. However now he is keen to be outside, and wants to visit the horses with his mentor. Brodie has become more open in his conversations with his mentor, and has begun proactively helping his mum out at home by taking on different tasks. Brodie says he is always excited to go places with his mentor, and they have developed a very close bond. 


“You can see straight away that having a male influence has been a benefit… I can tell it really helps him to have someone to talk to who isn’t me, or a social worker.” Mum 

 Brodie has also become more confident and imaginative about this future. 

“He’s starting to have more of an imagination about what he wants to do when he grows up.” Mum 

*Names have been changed to protect identities  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£40 or more

£40 Silver summer activity

£40 would enable a child and their mentor to visit places like a zoo, wildlife park, or try go-karting or a watersports activity.

£20 or more

£20 Bronze summer activity

£20 would enable a child and their mentor to try an activity like trampolining, crazy golf, climbing or a craft workshop.

£60 or more

£60 Gold summer activity

£60 would enable a child and their mentor to go horse riding or visit a theme park.

£100 or more

£100 summer activity Bundle

£100 would make this possible for up to FOUR children and their mentors.

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