Children's 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. Sessions usually take place in a café or community space such as a library Together you can work on homework or development of relevant skills, such as developing the child’s motor skills by doing crafts or doing a physical activity. The sessions are creative and child-lead. This is a great opportunity if you would like to gain experience for working in education. Study Buddies help children build their confidence, develop a love of learning, gain new life-skills and improve their numeracy and literacy.

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 have been affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Therefore as a Study buddy volunteer you will need to be kind and patient and see yourself as a positive role model for children and young people affected by HIV / Hep C – everything besides that we will cover in the training. You do not need to have any past experience working with children. if you have any further questions please contact us 0131 225 4766
Travel details: The volunteer will collect the child or young person from their home. They will then go to a nearby café, library or community space to study together.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: After each session you will complete a feedback and expenses form. You can claim money back for the cost of any activities, food/drink and public transport/fuel. You will then be reimbursed within a week of submitting the form.
Training details: Our training covers a range of topics including: information on HIV and Hep C; stigma and discrimination; maintaining boundaries; child protection protocols and trauma informed approaches. All volunteers are required to complete a mix of in-person and online training with other volunteers. This is usually one full day at the weekend followed by four 2 hour sessions in the evenings. We will also provide you with First Aid training. Once you are matched with a child ,you will meet with the coordinator for a one hour support meeting every 6 months, however this can be more regular if you require. We also offer ongoing training and peer support sessions to enable you to fulfil your volunteering role with confidence! We are happy to provide references for you to help you into future employment or education.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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