Children's Volunteer Befriender

  • VO80557


Volunteering Matters are the UK’s leading volunteering charity. Founded in 1962, we support over 30,000 volunteers over hundreds of projects across the UK.

The Clackmannanshire Befriending Project recruit, train and support volunteers who befriend isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 8-18) in the local area.

As a volunteer, you will be paired with a local young person, and meet with them on a regular basis (usually 2-3 hours fortnightly) to take part in fun activities in the community.
This could include going swimming, bowling, ice skating etc. This usually happens after school, in the evening, or at weekends, depending on when the volunteer is available.
Befrienders are reliable, trusting and a positive role models for young people who often find themselves in a challenging situation at home or school.

The activities you will engage in with the young person are a “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.

To be a befriender, we ask that you are over the age of 18, and have time you can dedicate on a regular basis, for a minimum period of 12 months.
Volunteers receive all induction and on-going support - no experience is necessary, but a we do ask for a strong interest and enthusiasm for volunteering with children and young people. Good communication and organisational skills are required. As are excellent people skills, the ability to relate to a child or young person, and build a trustworthy relationship.

Organisation aims and objectives

Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering charity. Our vision is a society where everyone can participate to build strong and inclusive communities. Our mission is to enable people to take an active role in their communities through volunteering and social action. We have been working across Scotland since 1962. In the Forth Valley our current activities include the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP), which engages older people in volunteering projects to benefit their community and peers. We currently have hospital and school volunteers, walking groups and knitting groups. We also run the Help at Hand service in the Forth Valley. We also have our Children's Volunteer Befriending project locally, working with disadvantaged young people between 8 and 18.










Flexible around volunteer, but needs to be after school during the week, or at weekends


minimum age 18
Experience required: No experience is necessary, but a strong interest and enthusiasm for volunteering with children and young people is essential. Good communication and organisation skills Excellent people skills, able to relate to a child or young person and build a trustworthy relationship
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Full expenses for public transport, £0.25 per mile for driving
Taster available: Yes
Training details: Comprehensive volunteer induction training, on-going training Volunteers have a named contact and receive 100% help and support
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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