The Speech Language & Communication Company

Based in Dundee, SLCo is Scotland’s only charity set up to support the needs of children and young people who experience speech, language and communication problems and make sure that their families get the help and guidance they need.

We provide an information, guidance and support service for parents and carers. We offer a range of evidence-based therapeutic, skills and activity based support for children and young people.

Current opportunity

As a Volunteer Befriender you will support young people in your local community with Speech, Language and Communication difficulties. You will be part of a knowledgeable and experienced team that are committed to improving the quality of life for young people and their families. You will be enthusiastic and committed to making a positive change for young people. In your role as a Volunteer Befriender you will: • Develop and promote a positive relationship with the young person you are matched with • Establish and maintain appropriate boundaries in the befriending relationship • Agree the types of activities the young person would like to undertake, ensuring the activities comply with the service's safety requirements • Assist the young person in working towards the overall project outcomes • Acknowledge the young person's right to make decisions for themselves, which is non-judgmental and enables them to achieve their goals • Be consistent and dependable in supporting a young person and their family • Recognise that the relationship with the young person may be challenging, ensuring that you remain professional at all times • Agree to abide by the confidentiality policy and any other policies and procedures of the service • Work in conjunction with members of staff to provide a quality service, by participating in support and supervision sessions with the Project Co‐ordinator, referring concerns about the young person where appropriate and completing monitoring forms • Offer an accepting and understanding presence and work within a non‐discriminatory framework. • Attend all training that SLCo provides to assist you in your role. • Provide updates/feedback around how the sessions went after you have met with the young person • Ensure that the Project Co-ordinator is aware of all meetings and advised of any changes or cancelations to any planned session with a young person