Barnardo’s Aberdeen Young Carers - Group Helpers (School Holidays 2023)

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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.

A group volunteer with Aberdeen Young Carers will assist staff members in delivering any planned activities e.g. arts and crafts, baking etc. They will actively participate with the activity, encourage young people to join in and have fun and build up positive relationships with the children and young people by being friendly and non-judgemental. They will also have the opportunity to lead groups if they wish to.

At this time we are predominantly looking for volunteers to help at our School Holiday groups in the Summer Holidays in 2023. We are working on a schedule of groups which we would need volunteers for but these groups will have a range of activities!

There will also be the opportunity for volunteers to help with our monthly groups, on an ad-hoc basis or at events. Events typically include summer outings, Christmas parties and Young Carers’ festivals. Further opportunities are available to assist in promoting our events e.g. putting up posters and spreading the word, in helping us at groups.

Excellent support and relevant training is provided and our volunteers tell us about lots of other benefits of volunteering including; experience of working with children, young people and families; experience for your CV; supporting your local community; meeting new people; increasing self-confidence; feeling like you are making a difference; improving your health and wellbeing; and a chance to contribute to a worthwhile children’s charity.

To apply for this role – please visit: or contact Jacqui Hall, Volunteer Coordinator at email / telephone: 07783 848410 for any more details.

Organisation aims and objectives

Barnardos purpose is to help the most vulnerable children and young people transform their lives and fulfil their potential.


under 18s can apply for general group opportunities but will need parental consent.
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 and is good with time-keeping and forward planning.
Travel details: Barnardo’s, 20 Carden Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1UQ and in and around Aberdeen City at different venues.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We pay public transport rates and private mileage expenses within Aberdeen City (only on production of receipts). Volunteer expenses are reimbursed once a month.
Training details: Excellent support and training is provided for all volunteers. Before beginning the volunteer role of group helper, we offer training via a blended method of e-learning and face-to-face. The mandatory e-learning modules of training include: Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Safety and Data Protection (GDPR). There is other training available e.g. Professional Boundaries. Volunteers will be supported through regular supervision with the volunteer coordinator.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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