1-1 Befriending & Group Work

  • VO86578


Description

Would you like to work with children and young people? BeFriends is recruiting adult volunteers for our one-to-one befriending and group activities.

A registered charity established in 1981, BeFriends works with 5 to 25-year-olds who live in Dundee and are often socially isolated, vulnerable, and experiencing difficulties in their lives. Our one-to-one BeFrienders support a young person with whom they have been matched. During regular meetings, the befriender offers the opportunity for their young person to chat and have fun, while building confidence and self-esteem as they take part in community activities together.

If you have some spare time to give to others, and you would like a new challenge or you may be looking to change career, then why not become a Volunteer Befriender with BeFriends? You do not need to have experience of supporting children and young people, but it is important to have empathy, the ability to engage and a non-judgemental approach to understanding the issues affecting young lives. BeFriends provides volunteers with full training, induction, and on-going support.

Organisation aims and objectives

BeFriends offers befriending support to disadvantaged local children and young people, developing their life skills and improving their well-being.

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2 hours weekly. Minimum commitment: 8 months

Restrictions

Experience required: Empathy, sense of humour, ability to have fun, patience.
Travel details: Befriending takes place throughout Dundee.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Public transport & car mileage costs paid from the start of meetings and any other out of pocket expenses incurred during activities, up to a set limit. Reimbursements paid monthly on volunteers’ submission of a monthly report and a claim form accompanied by receipts.
Training details: Induction training covers: roles and responsibilities, boundaries, risk assessment, case studies, scenarios, confidentiality, communications, child protection. On-going training: including challenging behaviour, child protection, drugs awareness. Support: Regular supervision sessions and named contact for volunteers.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated a month 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.