Befriender Children and Young People aged 7 - 18 years

  • VO30776


Volunteers are matched up on a one-to-one basis with either a vulnerable young person or a young adult. The matches meet regularly either weekly or fortnightly for a few hours at a time. The aim is to engage in purposeful activities within the community which wil help to encourage increased self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. It is also about building on the young person or young adults existing skills and developing new ones.

Organisation aims and objectives

The Shetland Befriending Scheme offers a one to one support service to young people and young adults aged between 7 and 18 and to adults aged 16+ years of age. Our volunteers support individuals who can benefit from some additional input. There are a whole range of reasons why individuals may want to be part of our scheme but all can benefit from taking part in lots of different and exciting activities in their local community.










A few hours a week or fortnight for a minimum of six months after the volunteer has completed befriending initial training - Flexible.


Age restriction due to safety issues. Male volunteers will not be matched with female clients.
Experience required: Patience, understanding, tolerance, open-minded, non-judgemental, have the ability to motivate, the ability to listen, empathetic, good sense of humour, ability to try new activities and have fun.
Travel details: Shetland wide. If the volunteer has a car it can be used for outings, otherwise travel is by public transport. Travelling is considered in the matching process.
Minimum age: 17


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Yes. Volunteer expenses, mileage and some on-going training costs are all available.
Training details: Eight week initial training programme.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated a month 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.