Study Buddy

  • VO86372


As a Study Buddy you will support the learning and development of a child or a young person who is affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C. You will meet weekly for 1-2 hours to spend one-on-one time together. Together you can work on homework or development of relevant skills, such as developing the child’s motor skills by doing crafts or doing physical activity. Our Children’s Services require a minimum commitment of 1 year.

Organisation aims and objectives

Positive Help offers practical help to people affected by HIV and/or Hepatitis C in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The four core services are delivered by a team of trained volunteers. The services provided include: Befriending for children and young people; Home Support (cleaning, de-cluttering, painting, DIY, gardening, and other domestic tasks); a free Transport service, which helps people to get to and from medical appointments as well as support groups or local supermarkets; and Study Buddies, a homework mentoring service for children.










1-2 hours per week for 1 year


Experience required: Many of the children and young people we support struggle with poor numeracy and literacy, inability to focus, low self-esteem and poor mental health. As a Study Buddy you need to be kind and patient, and see yourself as a positive role model for children and young people affected by HIV and/or Hep C.
Travel details: The volunteer will collect the child or young person from their home. They will then go to a nearby cafe or library to study together.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers will need to fill a feedback and expenses form after each session. Once the form is submitted, the volunteer will be reimbursed within one week.
Training details: We have initial training that goes for 4-5 weeks (4 hours per week) After that there is ongoing training available on topics relevant to working with children. All volunteer will have Support and Supervision meetings with the coordinator every 6 months.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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