ENGAGE Youth Befriender

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EIf you would like to make a positive and lasting impact on a local young persons’ life and you can offer a few hours a week, then this opportunity might be perfect for you!

Engage is a fantastic befriending project created to support young people aged 8 – 14 who are referred to the service for a variety of reasons. The aim is to create a befriending match between young person and volunteer/befriender to have lots of fun, increase self-esteem, confidence and motivation.

The young people who can access the service often have siblings with additional support needs, are in care themselves, are young people attached to CAMHS or other mental health services and some are young people with chaotic lifestyles and home environments.

With greater awareness of acceptable behaviour, we hope to bring positivity and nurture children that are experiencing very difficult and challenging lifestyles.

If you are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.

Organisation aims and objectives

Volunteer East Lothian is the Third Sector Interface for East Lothian. You can find volunteering opportunities through our online database or get in touch to arrange to come along and have a chat with one of the team. Under 25? Try volunteering through the Saltire Awards, specially designed for young people.










2-3 hour per week or every 1-2 weeks.


We will put all volunteers a through a PVG check and require two references. This opportunity requires a 6 month commitment period.
Experience required: All training will be provided but we are looking for caring and reliable adults with good communication skills to be a positive role model for a local young person. A background in working with children, young people or community work will be helpful but is not essential.
Travel details: We will match you with a young person within easy access to you, whether you drive, travel on foot or use public transport. Travel expenses are covered by the project.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel Expenses Activity expenses
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 3 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.