Befriender Volunteer

  • VO57218


Inspire have opportunities for people to assist as Befrienders. Befriender Volunteers allow individuals supported by Inspire to have regular contact with a volunteer who shares their interests and with whom they can carry out activities, such as going for coffee, going to the cinema or even going with them to the football. A befriender is someone who will make a regular commitment to an individual supported by Inspire, to come with them to events or do activities with them, but will also be there to listen and talk with and share experiences.

This is a great, enjoyable opportunity where you will make a vital contribution to the work of Inspire and the people we support in the North-east of Scotland and be part of a friendly and supportive team.

For more details please contact:

Volunteer Co-ordinator
tel: 01224 280005 / e-mail:

Organisation aims and objectives

Inspire empower the life choices of adults, young people and children with learning disabilities and additional support needs in north east Scotland. We provide a range of services in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray including residential care, supported accommodation, training for employment initiatives and respite. We support people in a variety of settings, from enabling individuals and their families to plan for current and future support needs using person centred planning, to providing self directed support to help people achieve their chosen outcomes. We currently offer a range of over 50 services including: •Residential services •Day services •Support to people in their communities •Respite care •Holiday Activity Schemes •Social Support Groups •Social enterprises •Training for employment initiatives

Frequency and commitment details

Inspire is flexible around you but as a befriender you will be expected to commit to an individual. Usually Befrienders meet with individuals 1 to 2 times a month over a minimum of 6 months. In reality, friendships last longer than this.


Experience required: Volunteers will come from all walks of life with a range of experiences and skills to offer. There is no specific educational qualifications required and we aim to recruit people with potential as well as those with relevant experience or qualifications. We are looking for people who will embrace the principles and values that we promote when working with individuals Inspire supports.
Travel details: Flexible-arranged between the individual and the befriender.
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Any reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Training details: Good support provided to all volunteers. This is a rewarding position which will allow you to enjoy a range of activities and build relationships with people who you are allowing to enhance their life experiences.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
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