Befriender

  • VO31058


Description

Volunteers are required to befriend young people aged between 7 and 17 years old. Together they will participate in fun activities and outings; which the young people would not normally have the opportunity to experience. The young people COVEY work with are referred to us by social work; education or other agencies. They could be experiencing problems within their family; school or community. They may be feeling isolated due to a lack of peer friendship; family support; a health problem or perhaps just need a break from caring responsibilities in their own family life. Befriending is very rewarding and with our training and the support of your coordinator you will be able to navigate any challenges that arise. Befrienders and young people can both benefit from the new friendship and enjoy shared experiences. There is no cost to volunteers, however we ask for 2-3 hours of your time per week.

COVEY are currently continuing to recruit Befrienders both for group and one to one matches. There is an upcoming opportunity for you to take part in our Befriender training online via Zoom. On successful completion of this training, along with our application process and, PVG and references checks you will be able to support vulnerable young people through online groups and/or regular telephone contact. COVEY expects a one year commitment from all Befrienders however given current circumstances there is more flexibility around this and you are able to commit for 3 months, 6 months or one year dependent on your own circumstances

Organisation aims and objectives

We recruit and train volunteer befrienders for vulnerable young people. All are experiencing some difficulty in their lives such as health, problems in the home, isolation in the community, addictions and offending behaviour, disability or bereavement. Volunteers receive full training and expenses.

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2-3 hours per Week. Minimum Commitment: 1 Year

Restrictions

PVG Disclosure Check & References will be required. Access to your own transport would be beneficial.
Experience required: Volunteers should have a genuine interest and commitment towards children and young people and family members experiencing difficulty in their lives. They should be sensitive to the needs of the individuals they are working with and adopt a common sense, flexible approach, respecting the need for confidentiality. Volunteers should possess the ability to relate to others and adopt a non-judgemental approach.
Travel details: This volunteering takes place in SOUTH LANARKSHIRE throughout various locations in South Lanarkshire.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: We provide full expenses for outings, travel etc
Training details: A structured induction training course. 6 x 2 hour sessions
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.