Volunteer Perinatal Befriender

  • VO93409


Feedback from families who have had befriending support tells us a Befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to help build positive relationships between parents and their baby and improve parents’ mental health. Accessing activities in the community, going for a walk, or talking over a cuppa are some of the ways in which a Befriender can make a real difference for parents and their babies. A Mum who used our service recently said “My befriender is like a wee rainbow coming in to make everything better”

Organisation aims and objectives

Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. Our aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as our resources allow in the areas of: • Children and families affected by disability • Children and families affected by drugs and alcohol • Young People at Risk • Parent and Child Development Our mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people. The Trust shall have the following Charitable Purposes (the Charitable Purposes): (a) to provide, maintain and promote care, accommodation, support, training and/or services for: (i) children and young persons who are in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, those who were previously children or young persons assisted by the Trust who remain vulnerable and/or disadvantaged and therefore remain in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; and (iii) vulnerable and/or disadvantaged adults whose assistance by the Trust will provide care, protection and/or assistance to children and young persons; and (b) to provide, maintain and promote education, training, consultancy, research and information: (i) for the beneficiaries listed in (a), as may be required to meet their specific educational and physical needs; (ii) for current and prospective individuals and agencies involved, whether through the Trust or otherwise, with issues relating principally to the types of beneficiaries listed in (a); and (iii) for members of the public generally and decision-makers about the activities of the Trust and issues arising therefrom.










1-3 hours a week over a 12 month period if possible


Experience required: Befriender’s come from a range of backgrounds and anyone aged 18 and over – there is no upper age limit to become a befriender! The qualities we look for in volunteers are reliability, the ability to relate to and empathise with mothers/mothers to be and their aspirations. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially listening skills. The ability to be non-judgemental, self-aware, patient, understanding, flexible, positive and supportive in all situations
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel
Taster available: Yes
Training details: As a volunteer you will receive high quality training including Perinatal Mental Health and Child Protection. The 7 weekly sessions are offered during the day or evenings depending on your preference.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 15 days ago