Become a Befriender

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Interacting with young people we support through an interest you have in common.

Befrienders are Virtual Volunteers who connect and interact with the young people we support through a skill interest or hobby that they have in common.

Befrienders provide support in a casual way that gives young people a sense of inclusion, routine, and engagement. Basic social elements that young people often deny themselves when experiencing mental health challenges.

Whether you have an artistic talent that you want to share or have industry experience that young people might find helpful, it is all about finding what our young people are looking for.

The Befriending Programme was born from the work of our Virtual Volunteers during lockdown, so all Befriending sessions will be virtual. A contract detailing the logistics of the session will be drawn up between you and your supervisor, and online training is provided.

Organisation aims and objectives

One Step Borders supports young people in the Scottish Borders, with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. We do this by: Offering free 1:1 support with the individual. Raising awareness and spreading knowledge about mental health. Supporting families with a young person experiencing difficulties with their mental health and/ or emotional well being.










Each contract is drawn up on a case by case basis, so availability, duration and session details will be determined as and when.


Experience required: This programme is designed to accommodate everyone, so the criteria is considerably basic! All you need to be is willing to help and a skill, hobby or interest to offer. If you want to help young people, experiencing mental health challenges, in a simple, rewarding way, Befriending is for you!
Travel details: Scottish Borders. This is home based at the moment.


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: If Befrienders need to buy any type of equipment, One Step will cover those expenses. Details on how to claim those expenses will be covered and mentioned in the contract.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Online training provided.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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