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Volunteer Befriender

  • VO83313


Description

The Welcoming Association's befriending programme matches local volunteer befrienders with newcomers to Edinburgh. Volunteer befrienders commit for 9 months to providing regular friendship to newcomers, enabling them to develop wider social networks, practice English language, improve familiarity with Scottish culture and services, and learn about all the things their new city has to offer. Befriending is about supporting and empowering individuals in their new city to find a sense of belonging.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Welcoming is an independent charity that supports migrants and refugees to build new lives in Edinburgh. It provides a wide range of classes and activities on a free of charge, drop in basis. The aim is to help newcomers feel at home and achieve their potential in Scotland.

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1 hour a week for 9 months (excluding planned and unavoidable holidays)

Restrictions

Experience required: Empathy kindness Strong communication skills patience Willingness to learn and have fun Flexibility Understanding of poverty Understanding of migration issues Willingness to learn about asylum and refugee issues (broadly) Willingness to try new activities Willingness to travel Love of cultures
Travel details: Befriending takes place in the befriendees home, and also in locations across the city. Befrienders are likely to arrange to meet befriendees in venues across Edinburgh that are related to cultural and social integration activities for newcomers, organised either by the Welcoming Association, or by a wide range of appropriate partner organisations.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses details: No expenses paid.
Training details: Befrienders are requried to fill in an intial interest form and references form, and will be supported to apply for a new or updated PVG for working with vulnearble adults. An initial chat with the Befriending Coordinator will establish a good match between volunteers and newcomers and provide information about the befriending programme, and what the volunteer role entails, including expectations and boundaries, and support. Induction training is offered to new befrienders as a group session, and there is ongoing 1:1 support around a range of befriending issues.

Last updated 5 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.