Befriending & Mentoring

  • VO67582


You will be matched with a child/young person ( 6 to 18 years ) who has additional support needs e.g. Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s or their siblings. Spending regular 1:1 time with you, weekly for 3 or 4 hours, they will become more confident and have fun in the process. You will develop a positive and trusting relationship with the child you are matched with, encouraging and enabling them to go to places and try new things that interest them with you. Due to the ongoing pandemic, sessions are not taking place inside the family home. However socially distanced activity out with the home where practical and possible and via online tools such as FB Portals (which we will supply), Zoom, What’s App and Face Time are being used to deliver activity and engage with children on a weekly basis.

Organisation aims and objectives

1:1 support - doing activities with children both at home & local community which provides regular respite for parent/carers. You will build children’s confidence & social skills & you will both have fun in the process. You can work alongside experienced staff if you want to gain experience in child care.










3-4 hours weekly on Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday for a minimum of 6 months to help a child to achieve their goals.


Experience required: Must be good listener with an ability to build positive and equal relationships with children and young people. They must be reliable,punctual and patient and have a real desire to enable children and young people develop new skills and confidence. An ability to use their own initiative.
Travel details: Across Edinburgh - in the family home and in the local community and at venues where activitiy that young person wants to to participate/become involved.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses and any expenses incurred when spending time with the child/ young person, providing it has been agreed in advance, are paid on receipt of expenses claim and receipts.
Training details: Induction training is delivered to small groups( 6-8 people) over 2 x 3.5 hr. sessions ( usually over 2 consecutive Saturday mornings ) at our McDonald Road office. Autism Awareness and other specific training delivered over the year. Due to the ongoing pandemic all training is now being delivered via ZOOM to small groups of 3-4 Volunteers on days / times that suit the group.

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