Big Hearts Befrienders

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Big Hearts Befrienders provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 5-16 years either in kinship care or who are socially isolated within the city through supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience. Through the befriending relationship the child / young person and the befriender may touch on topics such as increasing self-esteem; dealing with worries; respect for others, with the main aim of building a trusting and reliable relationship with an adult and working towards set outcomes.

Organisation aims and objectives

Big Hearts Community Trust is an independent charity working in partnership with Heart of Midlothian Football Club to deliver community based activities. The trust has three full time, and one part time staff member. Our main project areas are: 1. Kinship Care – comprehensive support package for families in Edinburgh, including training sessions for carers and an after school club. 2. Big Hearts Supporters – a unique fan engagement project, designed to encourage fans of the club to become volunteers. 3. Football Memories – a support group for those with a dementia diagnosis, using reminiscence tools at Tynecastle. 4. Big Hearts Befrienders – a befriending project for Hearts fans to support kinship care young people through 1-1 engagement.










4 weeks training (2 hours one evening per week) volunteering 2-3 hours per week for a minimum 12 months commencing training.


Experience required: No qualifications are necessary, as full volunteer training will be provided, Experience of spending time with children and young people is desirable, Some knowledge of the current issues affecting children and young people and their families, Good communication skills with children, young people and families
Travel details: Anywhere in Edinburgh
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are paid monthly
Training details: One day training ( normally a Saturday).