CARDS Volunteer Befrienders

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Human contact is vital. As we are all finding out, without it, life changes.
Community Alcohol Related Damages Service is a befriending service run by Rowan Alba. Health care specialists, GP’s, hospitals and mental health services refer individuals to our service. These people, for various reasons have been living the way we experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of them for most of their lives. We need to recruit and train volunteers now so we can respond to those that have been referred to us during this time.

Organisation aims and objectives

Rowan Alba is a charity set up to work with people who are at risk of becoming homeless. We believe that all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and offer support in a person centred way, with the individual actively involved in planning their care. We work with older homeless men and women in our supported accommodation and individuals in the community who are having difficulty sustaining their current accommodation. Many of our service users would benefit from more social contact and just having someone to talk to could make a big difference to them.










Frequency and commitment details

Flexible, with a commitment of 2 x hours per week and attendance at Group Supervision


Experience required: To understand or have compassion towards those individuals who have had a difficult relationship with alcohol now or in the past. Ideally you will have had experience in a role where managing relationships is key. Being able to listen without judgement and understand the benefit of human contact.
Travel details: The one to one client / volunteer sessions will take place in client’s homes and community settings across the city of Edinburgh. Other opportunities exist for phone call befriending. Volunteers will be matched with locations that are convenient for them to visit. Our head office is situated at Fountainbridge however we are operating from home with limited meetings as a team in different locations. The recruitment and induction process will take place online and then you will progress to either telephone calls with the individual you will be working with or begin the double visits with our excellent team of experienced staff. You will be required to travel to and from your appointments which will be in the individuals own home or in a local cafe or community setting.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Email or hand in an expenses form and paid on the 20th of each month. Arrangements can be made to support with advance payments if this is helpful or would otherwise prevent you from volunteering.
Training details: Initial training covers ARBD (alcohol related brain damage), boundaries, volunteer ethos / role and then continues throughout the year with motivational interviewing, counselling, one to one/ group supervision and shadowing with Rowan Alba services.

Last updated 4 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.