Befriender-Children and Young People

  • VO89565


Volunteers provide quality one to one time on a regular basis and are there to listen, to talk and support children and young people (up to age of 18) to accessing leisure and recreational opportunities. We occasionally will have opportunities for 2:1 befriender roles to help build up people’s confidence as a befriender before doing lone working. Befrienders will focus on building their child’s confidence and resilience as well as reducing their isolation and encouraging them to get more involved in the local community.

Befriending activities will vary according to the individual needs of the child/young person and the role will involve being in the community helping them to access and enjoy activities that are local to them and to help develop skills and interests. For example, some of the service users need support to go to an activity in the community and some service users need someone to talk to one to one. Volunteers provide vital support to children and young people which helps the service users to build up confidence, meet new people and access local activities. Some of the befriending roles may take place during school hours in a school setting but usually the roles will take place after school hours, early evenings and weekends.

We are also looking for volunteers who have experience and knowledge in supporting children and young people with additional support needs and who may have knowledge with using Makaton. Previous experience is not essential with children and young people with additional support needs but for some of our roles previous experience would be much welcomed.

Please note that Barnardo’s does partnership working with Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA) in relation to volunteers. 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-during school, after school, evenings, weekends)
• Preferably access to own vehicle but driver not essential
• For TCA/Barnardo’s roles cover Perth and Kinross but the matching process would take into account locality and vehicle access.
• Travel expenses provided within Perth and Kinross Boundaries
• 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 children and young people, are reliable, responsible, can use their own initiative, caring and have great communication skills. If you have had experience before working with children and young people and children and young people with additional support needs, or have knowledge about drug and alcohol substance use 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

Last updated 14 days 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.