Family Wellbeing & Befriending Volunteer

  • VO80865


To support the work of Children 1st staff in helping families become more resilient by building relationships with the family group and/or an individual family member to:

  • Help reduce isolation and promote a sense of belonging by encouraging families to engage with their wider communities
  • Build on identified strengths to increase self-esteem and confidence in individuals
  • Support the work of Children 1st staff to assist parents to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children

Organisation aims and objectives

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We began in 1884 and for many years were known as the RSSPCC (Royal Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). We became Children 1st in 1995. We did this to say that children are at the heart of everything we do. And that not only do we want to prevent harm - we also want to ensure every child gets the love and nurture they deserve. 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.











For reasons of safety and wellbeing of children, families and prospective volunteers, we use a selection and vetting procedure. Volunteers are required to be members of the PVG scheme (we will support potential volunteers to apply for this)
Experience required: Experience with families and/or children is desirable
Travel details: Initial training will be delivered in Giffnock. Volunteering throughout East Renfrewshire usually in families' homes or venues within the local community therefore travel details will vary.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Volunteers are able to claim reasonable and pre-agreed out of pocket expenses for travel (£0.45/mile or public transport) and costs incurred as part of the volunteering role. Usually paid monthly by BACS but can be done through petty cash more frequently
Training details: We offer potential volunteers comprehensive and in depth training. Our initial 7 week training course (one evening a week) has been externally credit rated at SCQF level 5. Subsequent opportunities to get together with other volunteers for training and to share experiences, on-going one-to-one and group support is organised on an individual basis
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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