Volunteer Befriender, Social Network Support

  • VO42616


Each volunteer supports a re:discover client to recover a sense of who they are by encouraging them to step outside their illness and discover / rediscover activities and interests they enjoy. Volunteers work with clients as a whole person focusing on their talents, skills and assets rather than problems or needs. Volunteers encourage clients to set goals which they will work towards during their time with re:discover. They also act as a 'community bridge builder' supporting clients to step outside their comfort zones whilst providing support and encouragement. Volunteers work with clients for a minimum of 6 months which is the minimum commitment that we are looking for from volunteers. We are particularly looking for male volunteers in the 20-40 year old age category.

Volunteers and clients agree together when and where they will meet (not in their own homes) - usually once a week for a few hours. Activities are usually based on shared interests and have included: meeting for coffee; cinema; theatre; art galleries museums; zumba, martial arts; gym; walks; garden centres; hill walking; pilates . . . We cover volunteer out of pocket expenses.

We have regular training courses for volunteers, so get in touch to find out more. We welcome volunteers who are available to volunteer during the day, the weekend or in the evenings.

Organisation aims and objectives

Everyone has the right to live a full and satisfying life. We can provide the tools, information and support to help you to cope with life's challenges and live the life you want to live.










3 hours a week, minimum commitment 6 months, Flexible


Experience required: We welcome all enquiries and are currently trying to recruit volunteers who are available to attend training and meet with clients during the day to meet the needs of our clients. Possessing life experience and good listening skills are very important.
Travel details: In Midlothian. Volunteers and clients arrange where and when they will meet together. Volunteers do not meet clients in their own homes. All travel expenses are reimbursed.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed
Training details: All volunteers receive a one day introductory training course and access to ongoing training. Volunteers receive regular support from the befriending team including support and supervision and peer support sessions.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet,
Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated a month ago