A young carer is someone up to the age of 18 who provides unpaid help and support to a relative, friend or neighbour who due to illness or disability cannot manage to live independently without the carer’s help. It may involve practical support like cooking, housework, or emotional support.
Aberdeen Young Carers are looking for volunteers to spend some quality time with a child or young person between the ages of 5-18 on a regular basis, getting to know them, and building up a positive relationship by being reliable and non-judgemental when listening to them. A befriender volunteer will support the young person to enjoy activities and experiences within the Aberdeen community therefore reducing isolation, and promoting self-esteem and confidence.
This is a flexible opportunity and you can commit to meeting with a child or young person for a few hours on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis depending on what time you have available. This would take place out with school hours, predominately over evenings or weekends.
To be a befriender volunteer we ask for a minimum time commitment of six months, so that the child or young person has some consistency.
To apply, please visit: https://volunteer.barnardos.org.uk/opportunities/16050-befriender-aberdeen-young-carers-2020-11-24 or contact Jacqui Hall, Volunteer Coordinator at email: firstname.lastname@example.org / telephone: 07783 848410.
Barnardos purpose is to help the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives and fulfil their potential.
Experience required: Experience working or volunteering with children or young people would be beneficial but is not essential. We are looking for friendly, fun and active individuals who are motivated to volunteer with children and young people and someone who will be reliable.
Travel details: In and around Aberdeen City – own vehicle can be used (pending checks) or public transport.
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We pay public transport rates and private mileage expenses within Aberdeen City. Volunteer expenses are reimbursed on a monthly basis.
Training details: Excellent support and training is provided for all volunteers. Before beginning the volunteer role of befriender, there are 5 mandatory modules of induction. These are: Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Safety and Data Protection (GDPR) and Confidentiality. This can be undertaken via e-learning in own time, with the option of face-to-face also if preferred. There is other training which will take place face-to-face. Volunteers will be supported through regular supervision with the volunteer coordinator.
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