Befriender/Parent Buddy-Adults

  • VO89564


Volunteers provide quality one to one time on a regular basis and are there to listen, to talk and support adults and parents who are part of Hopscotch, Space4U and Tayside Council on Alcohol services. Volunteers role as a befriender/parent buddy is to help parents and adults to access leisure and recreational opportunities, focus on building the adults confidence and resilience as well as reducing their isolation, encouraging them to get more involved in the local community and to build up a happy family life.

Befriending activities vary according to the service user needs. For example, some of the individuals need support to go to an activity in the community and some individuals need someone to talk to one to one. Volunteers provide vital support to adults and parents which helps them to build up confidence, meet new people and access local activities which can also have a positive impact on the family. Volunteers will support parents to sustain new home routines, providing both practical and emotional support at key times in the family home. They will also support the whole family to engage in recreational and social activities together, helping them to access local leisure services and activities in their local area.

We are also looking for volunteers to provide a listening ear to parents who are caring for children with additional support needs and some of the befriender roles might be in more of a family setting (time with parent and younger aged children for example).

Please note that Barnardo’s does partnership working with Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA) in relation to volunteering. All volunteers will go through a joint induction process and be open up to both organisations allowing options for befriender opportunities-great opportunity if you are looking at building up experience with children and young people.

• Minimum age 18
• Minimum of 2 hours per week (Monday-Sunday, can be during the day, after school, evenings, weekends)
• Preferably access to own vehicle but driver not essential
• Roles cover Perth and Kinross but the matching process would take into account locality and vehicle access.
• Meetings with parents will also be flexible so to provide support at key times (i.e. help establishing routines around bedtime or help with getting up for school)
• 6-12 month commitment

Organisation aims and objectives

Barnardo's Scotland provides more than 122 community-based services throughout the country working with over 26,500 vulnerable children, young people and their families. Services include: leaving care services which help young people to bridge the gap between being in care and living in the adult world, family activity services which work to support families in trouble, disability services supporting children with disabilities and offering short breaks to their families. Our website provides a search for local services.











Experience required: Barnardo’s and TCA are looking for volunteers who are passionate about working with adults/families and are reliable, responsible, can use their own initiative, caring and have great communication skills. If you have had experience before working with adults/families or have knowledge about drug and alcohol substance use, additional support needs, this would be desirable for this role but not essential.
Travel details: Across Perth and Kinross area. Access to own vehicle is desirable but not essential.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteer can claim travel expenses and any expenses related to the agreed activities for the sessions
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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