Passing the Baton Befriender

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Befriending can make a huge impact in the lives of people who are at risk of homelessness or moving into new settled accommodation. You can help an individual in Edinburgh reconnect back into the community by taking them out and introducing them to social groups and activities in their area.

Organisation aims and objectives

Bethany Christian Trust is a national charity whose mission is to relieve the suffering and meet the long term needs of homeless and vulnerable people in Scotland. We share a big vision – to work together towards the aim of Ending Homelessness in Scotland. We support people in a broad range of ways including: housing, education and employment, addiction recovery, emotional well-being, street outreach, community integration, offending reduction and social support










2 hours a week for a year


Experience required: We are looking for volunteers who: Have integrity and are reliable. Are sociable and have an approachable manner. Have good time management and organisational skills. Are able to operate under the guidance and support of Passing the Baton staff. Are of Christian faith, rooted in a Christian community.
Travel details: Due to the ongoing pandemic, many befriender meetings are happening online via Zoom. If, however, you and your befriendee are able to meet in person, please ensure that it is a communal, public space such as a cafe
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Regular volunteers are entitled to claim up to £3.60 per day for travel expenses (£4.50 if multiple buses are required) and up to £3 per day for lunch expenses, providing that they volunteer for 4 hours or more on that day, and that they present their manager/supervisor with the valid receipts.
Training details: There are 2 initial traning sessions which cover things such as confidentiality, and ongoing traning is given as needed.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet