Befriender for Children and Families

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Many Midlothian parents need someone to talk to. They may have no friends or family to confide in. Or they may want someone like you who they can trust to be non-judgemental about the ups and downs of family life. They would like to have your praise and encouragement and for you to share their interest in their child’s development.

The families all have children under 5 and are experiencing some difficulty or stress. Volunteers make a real difference by offering them a listening ear and emotional support.

At the moment we need male and female volunteers who are able to spend time with families in the community. Our volunteers usually make 2 hour home visits. Our aim is to make families more confident and resilient. We’ll train you to be a good listener to the parent’s worries and to encourage them to give their children a positive start in life.

Each family needs something different, most of them need another adult for a non-judgmental weekly chat; someone reliable that they can trust; helping families to be more organised; to read a story to the children; helping parents feel more confident about playing with their children.

We’ll support you all the way with regular support from a paid staff member. We’ll repay any out of pocket expenses. We’ll also match you carefully with the type of family that suits you to ensure that you can build a good supportive relationship.

We’ve been going for over 30 years and won awards for our work. Our volunteers say they feel very well looked after and that they get really solid experience to use in careers like Social Work, Social Care and Psychology. Others just say it is fun and rewarding to be able to make such a difference to a family.

Our next training will be early 2023. For an application form go to or email or telephone 0131 661 0890










2 hours a week for at least 6 months


Experience required: Good listening skills, reliable and trustworthy, respect for others who attitudes and values might be different from your own , caring, reassuring and encouraging. Access to a car would be useful but not essential
Travel details: Across Midlothian
Minimum age: 18


Expenses details: All travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. We can only provide some childcare costs DURING THE TRAINING ONLY.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet