The North Lanarkshire Befriending Project help support vulnerable and isolated young people aged 8-18 in the local area. With social isolation, inequality and child poverty on the rise, the need for befrienders to help offer support to a child is higher than ever.
Volunteers give a young person a positive role model in their life by passing on their skills and experience, enabling them to try new things and simply providing them with a few hours of fun. Your young person may have experienced social isolation, bullying, domestic abuse or neglect, parental drug and alcohol abuse, may have learning difficulties, may be a young offender, or any combination of these. By giving up just a couple of hours every fortnight, you could make a real difference where it is needed most. Volunteers are recruited, trained and matched 1-1 with a young person, meeting them on a regular basis and participating in fun activities. Victims of circumstance, vulnerable young people often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust. Our project has helped many young people in the past with their social skills, self-esteem, school attendance/performance, resilience, personal safety/health and relationships. As a volunteer, you would have the satisfaction of helping a young person in need, increasing your own confidence, enhancing your skills and experience – all the while having fun as you do so!
Please email John.Brown@volunteeringmatters.org.uk or call 07823 413 259 to apply.
Our vision is of a society where everyone can participate in their local community through volunteering and social action.
2 hours per week
Experience required: • Must commit to contact with young person at least once every 2 weeks for 12 months
• Must attend training, delivered online
• Must apply to PVG (protecting vulnerable groups) scheme (handled and paid for by the project)
• No qualifications or experience needed, however interest and enthusiasm for working with children essential
• Must be at least 18 years of age
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes