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Befriender (Scottish Borders)

  • VO75339


Provide social interaction and support on a 1:1 basis to a child or young person, who is experiencing difficulties in their life to support increased confidence and enable them to become more active in their local communities.

Role Description:
We offer support to children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. We offer group and 1:1 support to aid their recovery of abuse and promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
The volunteer role allows us to identify those children, young people and adults who would benefit from additional help whilst waiting for support or at end of support to enable them to feel more confident and play a more active part in their local community.

Key Tasks
Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer. Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focused on their needs and abilities. Supporting and encouraging a child or young person’s personal and social development. Helping the child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence through praise and recognition. Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests.

Organisation aims and objectives

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover. Children 1st involve hundreds of volunteers across Scotland in a variety of different roles. These include fundraising, befriending, family support and gardening, amongst other things! In the Scottish Borders, our Abuse and Trauma Recovery Service is available for Children and Young People who have experienced sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse and where there is an impact of parental behaviour. Our staff use a range of therapeutic skills such as art, play and other forms of creative communication, to help children make sense of their experiences and encourage them to develop trusting relationships with safe boundaries. We also help families to understand the impact the abuse/trauma and loss has on their child and their family, helping to keep them safer.


Experience required: No qualifications necessary. Experience of spending time with children and young people is desirable. Some knowledge of issues affecting children, young people and families. Good communication skills with children, young people and families. An ability to recognise positive qualities and skills that a child or young person may have. Enhanced Disclosure/PVG will be organised by CHILDREN 1ST at no cost to applicants.
Travel details: Across the Scottish Borders
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers are able to claim reasonable out-of-pocket expenses for travel and costs incurred as part of the volunteering role.
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Volunteers are provided with all of the training required to fulfil their role effectively and confidently. Volunteers are also given regular support and supervision by a member of staff. We will try to provide any additional training and support needs in relation to the needs of the young person you are matched with, either through in-house opportunities or access to external training events where funds allow.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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