Young Carers Befriender (1:1)

  • VO78574


Description

Lead Scotland's befriending service offers young carers (age 12-18) in Fife some "me" time away from their caring role by enabling them to have access to the same opportunities as their peers. Thus Lead Scotland are looking for volunteer befrienders to make a difference to the life of a young carer and to help provide access to a range of fun, engaging or self-development activities.

Being a befriender means making a real difference to someone's life. Activities could be going for a short walk together, going for tea/coffee in the town, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to link into their community. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties.

Volunteers will be matched with a suitable service user or "befriendee". The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person's home, or out in the community.

A variety of factors are considered inn the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests. each match will be for 4-12 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree.

Organisation aims and objectives

Lead Scotland is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults, and carers in Scotland. In Fife, learners can chose what they want to learn and are supported by volunteers, one-to-one or in small groups. Lead Scotland also run a Fife-wide, time limited befriending project for anyone over 16 who is facing social isolation or loneliness. People are supported on a one-to-one basis by local volunteers.

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The minimum commitment is for 6 months, approx 2-3 hours/week.

Restrictions

Experience required: A warm and friendly personality; good communication skills; reliability; ability to maintain confidentiality; empathy; understanding; respect for others' life choices, values and beliefs; ability to work independently with regular contact with the Volunteer Manager.
Travel details: Volunteering happens in your local area as this project helps young people all over Fife.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Mileage to be confirmed; bus fares refunded on receipt.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 10 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.