Volunteer Befriender for Children and Families

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Our volunteers are able to provide face to face visits out in the community with families to help them to play, get out of the house, settle into a new area, enjoy family life and have fun. The families all have children under 5 and are experiencing some difficulty or stress. Volunteers make a real difference by offering them a listening ear and practical and emotional support.

We need male and female volunteers for 2 hrs a week for about 6 months.

Our aim is to make families more confident and resilient. We’ll train you to be a good listener to the parent’s worries and to encourage them to give their children a positive start in life.

Each family needs something different, most of them need another adult for a non-judgmental weekly chat; someone reliable that they can trust; someone with the energy to play and the patience to read with children; someone who can help everyone get out and connect with their community. Volunteers might also do things like baking with the kids; helping families to be more organised; helping parents feel more confident about playing with their children.

We’ll support you all the way with regular meetings with a paid staff member. We’ll also match you carefully with the type of family that suits you to ensure that you can build a good supportive relationship.

We’ve been going for over 30 years and won awards for our work. Our volunteers say they feel very well looked after and that they get really solid experience to use in careers like Social Work, Social Care and Psychology. Others just say it is fun and rewarding to be able to make such a difference to a family.

Organisation aims and objectives

Working in partnership with families to give children a positive start to secure better life outcomes.










2 hrs per week for about 6 months


Experience required: Good listening skills, reliable and trustworthy, respect for others whose attitudes and values might be different from your own, caring, reassuring and encouraging. Access to a car would be useful but not essential
Travel details: At the family’s home in Edinburgh and Midlothian. Training at our office in Edinburgh.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: All travel and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. We can provide some child care costs DURING THE TRAINING ONLY.
Training details: You’ll receive 18hrs induction training and be fully supported by a co-ordinator who will meet you and phone you regularly to ensure things are going well. We have about 6 induction training courses per year.

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