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Volunteer Befriender

  • VO75122


Description

The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruit and train volunteers to befriend isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people (aged 8-18) in the local area. Volunteers are matched one to one with a young person, meet them on a regular basis and participate in activities in the community. This could be after school, in the evening or at weekends, depending on volunteer availability. Befrienders are to be reliable, trusting and a positive role model.

Activities are “timeout” for young people who often live in difficult circumstances. These young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust, as well as providing them with a reason to get out of the house. The project helps young people with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/ performance, resilience, personal safety/ health and relationships.

Young people are referred from local schools, social work or other partners. Befrienders are aged 18 years or over, have spare time on a regular basis and are committed to befriending for a minimum period of 12 months. If you are interested, contact us today for an informal chat.

Organisation aims and objectives

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

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Frequency and commitment details

2-3 hours per fortnight for a minimum 12 month period

Restrictions

Experience required: Minimum commitment of 2-3 hours every fortnight for a 12 month period Must complete comprehensive volunteer training package (16 hours) Must be, or apply to become a member of the PVG scheme (handled and paid for by the project) No qualifications or experience needed, however a strong interest and enthusiasm for working with young people is essential Must be at least 18 years of age
Travel details: Within Clackmannanshire
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Transport and out of pocket expenses are offered
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: An introduction session is offered
Training details: Volunteers receive full induction training (16 hours) including on Child Protection. Ongoing training is offered and full support for volunteers is available.

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