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Volunteer Befriender

  • VO75088
  • Suitable for groups


The North Lanarkshire Befriending Project are to help support vulnerable young people aged 8-18 in the local area through one to one outings. With social isolation, inequality and child poverty on the rise, the need for befrienders to help offer support to a child is higher than ever.

Volunteers give a young person a positive role model in their life by passing on their skills and experience, enabling them to try new things and simply providing them with a few hours of fun. Your young person may have experienced social isolation, bullying, domestic abuse or neglect, parental drug and alcohol abuse, may have learning difficulties, may be a young offender, or any combination of these. By giving up just a couple of hours every fortnight, you could make a real difference where it is needed most. Volunteers are recruited, trained and matched 1-1 with a young person, meeting them on a regular basis and participating in fun activities within the local community. Victims of circumstance, vulnerable young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust. Our project has helped many young people in the past with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/performance, resilience, personal safety/health and relationships. As a volunteer, you would have the satisfaction of helping a young person in need, increasing your own confidence, enhancing your skills and experience – all the while having fun as you do so!

Please email sue.vanhoren@volunteeringmatters.org.uk or call 07746938237 to apply.

Organisation aims and objectives

Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.










Frequency and commitment details

2-3 hours Fortnightly


Experience required: • Must commit to contact with young person at least once every 2 weeks for 12 months • Must attend training, delivered in 4 x 4 hour blocks • Must apply to PVG (protecting vulnerable groups) scheme (handled and paid for by the project) • No qualifications or experience needed, however interest and enthusiasm for working with children essential • Must be at least 18 years of age (although you can complete training when 17)
Travel details: Car not essential
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out of pocket expenses for outings
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Information Session for Volunteers
Training details: • 16 hours of training as well as other on-going training, social events and support. • All out of pocket expenses for outings • Access to other training and development opportunities within the sector • Excellent ‘real world’ experience in the social care/health/education/youth work sectors • A certificate of your achievement after 12 months • A reference from staff after 6 months’ commitment

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