Could you help children and young people in Glasgow?
Are you a positive male role model and could support a child or young person through difficult and challenging circumstances? We need male volunteer befrienders to support by building positive relationships and provide listening and emotional support to young people.
Purpose and Aims of the role:
At Aberlour, we believe that all children deserve to flourish. We listen: Our services are tailored to help each child, young person or family to be the very best they can be. We support them to overcome significant challenges and we offer support at the earliest opportunity: Giving children the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and, through this, contribute to building a fairer and more equal society. As a volunteer Befriender, you can play an active role in supporting a child emotionally, socially and helping them to enjoy a range of opportunities and activities. Volunteer Befrienders spend regular 1:1 time with a child to build up a trusting relationship, to develop interests and hobbies, and to be a consistent figure in a child’s life to support them through life transitions.
What will I be doing?
• Making a difference to a child or young person
• Spending regular time with a child or young person
• Sharing an activity/hobby within your local community
• Attending and supporting children to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities
• Completing volunteer portal after each outing
• Attending regular support and supervision sessions
What qualities do I need?
• Non-judgemental approach and have empathy and compassion
• Be patient
• Reliable and respectful
• Friendly, helpful and understanding
• A commitment to treat information in a confidential manner.
Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. Our aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as our resources allow in the areas of: • Children and families affected by disability • Children and families affected by drugs and alcohol • Young People at Risk • Parent and Child Development Our mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people. The Trust shall have the following Charitable Purposes (the Charitable Purposes): (a) to provide, maintain and promote care, accommodation, support, training and/or services for: (i) children and young persons who are in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, those who were previously children or young persons assisted by the Trust who remain vulnerable and/or disadvantaged and therefore remain in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; and (iii) vulnerable and/or disadvantaged adults whose assistance by the Trust will provide care, protection and/or assistance to children and young persons; and (b) to provide, maintain and promote education, training, consultancy, research and information: (i) for the beneficiaries listed in (a), as may be required to meet their specific educational and physical needs; (ii) for current and prospective individuals and agencies involved, whether through the Trust or otherwise, with issues relating principally to the types of beneficiaries listed in (a); and (iii) for members of the public generally and decision-makers about the activities of the Trust and issues arising therefrom.
Befrienders will spend 2-4 hours weekly with a child
Male volunteers required
Experience required: What skills can I bring to this role? • A genuine interest in the lives of children • Ability to work on own initiative • Ability to increase confidence and self-esteem • Good communication and listening skills • Ability to encourage and motivate people • Reliability, commitment and discretion
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: What support will I be given? • Aberlour Induction • Child and Adult protection training • Role specific training • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed • Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator • Support from the Family Support Team.