Family Friend

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If you have a heart for getting alongside families who are struggling within your community, then becoming a Family Friend with Safe Families may be just the opportunity you have been looking for. Being a Family Friend with Safe Families is a brilliant way to get to know families in your community who need a bit of extra support and encouragement. Safe Families works across all of West Lothian, is a UK wide Christian charity and seeks to provide early intervention to the lives of struggling families in order to reduce any statutory service input. We provide full training and support for all of our volunteers and give them the chance to get alongside local people, helping them to strengthen their family life by befriending them, supporting them to be less isolated and to perhaps help them through a time of crisis. Volunteering opportunities can be flexible around the needs of the family and the volunteer so that they suit both parties. Being a family friend involves spending time with a child and/or a parent on a regular basis, having fun and giving support.

Organisation aims and objectives

No one should feel alone. Safe Families exists to create relationship and connection because we believe everyone deserves to belong. At Safe Families, our fully trained volunteers come alongside a family that is struggling, offering them hope, love and friendship by being a Family Friend, a Host Family, a Connect Friend or a Resource Friend.










School holidays, term time, flexible and short term.


Experience required: We provide full training for our volunteers. As long as you have a heart for offering hope and support to local families, that is the key attribute we are looking for.
Travel details: Volunteers would travel to and from the family’s home at the start and end of each instance of volunteering.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: No official expenses expected of volunteers. Volunteers will be accessing families’ homes – if disabled access is required we will ensure they are placed with a suitable family.
Taster details: No taster possible but each potential volunteer goes through a rigorous approval process in order to be sure that volunteering for Safe Families is right for them and vice versa.
Training details: We offer a comprehensive training package at the beginning of a volunteer’s application and offer ongoing training and development opportunities for all volunteers throughout each year.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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Last updated 5 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.