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Children 1st (Scottish Borders)

Children 1st is Scotland’s National Children’s Charity. We help Scotland’s families to put children first, with practical advice and with support in difficult times. And when the worst happens, we support survivors of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood, to recover.
Children 1st involve hundreds of volunteers across Scotland in a variety of different roles. These include fundraising, befriending, family support and gardening, amongst other things!
In the Scottish Borders, our Abuse and Trauma Recovery Service is available for Children and Young People who have experienced sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse and where there is an impact of parental behaviour.

Our staff use a range of therapeutic skills such as art, play and other forms of creative communication, to help children make sense of their experiences and encourage them to develop trusting relationships with safe boundaries. We also help families to understand the impact the abuse/trauma and loss has on their child and their family, helping to keep them safer.


Current opportunities

Provide social interaction and support on a 1:1 basis to a child or young person, who is experiencing difficulties in their life to support increased confidence and enable them to become more active in their local communities. Role Description: We offer support to children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. We offer group and 1:1 support to aid their recovery of abuse and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The volunteer role allows us to identify those children, young people and adults who would benefit from additional help whilst waiting for support or at end of support to enable them to feel more confident and play a more active part in their local community. Key Tasks Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer. Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focused on their needs and abilities. Supporting and encouraging a child or young person’s personal and social development. Helping the child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence through praise and recognition. Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests.

Provide social interaction and support on a 1:1 basis to a child or young person, who is experiencing difficulties in their life to support increased confidence and enable them to become more active in their local communities. Role Description: We offer support to children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. We offer group and 1:1 support to aid their recovery of abuse and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The volunteer role allows us to identify those children, young people and adults who would benefit from additional help whilst waiting for support or at end of support to enable them to feel more confident and play a more active part in their local community. Key Tasks Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer. Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focused on their needs and abilities. Supporting and encouraging a child or young person’s personal and social development. Helping the child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence through praise and recognition. Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests.

Provide social interaction and support on a 1:1 basis to a child or young person, who is experiencing difficulties in their life to support increased confidence and enable them to become more active in their local communities. Role Description: We offer support to children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. We offer group and 1:1 support to aid their recovery of abuse and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The volunteer role allows us to identify those children, young people and adults who would benefit from additional help whilst waiting for support or at end of support to enable them to feel more confident and play a more active part in their local community. Key Tasks Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer. Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focused on their needs and abilities. Supporting and encouraging a child or young person’s personal and social development. Helping the child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence through praise and recognition. Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests.

Provide social interaction and support on a 1:1 basis to a child or young person, who is experiencing difficulties in their life to support increased confidence and enable them to become more active in their local communities. Role Description: We offer support to children, young people and adults who have experienced abuse and trauma. We offer group and 1:1 support to aid their recovery of abuse and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The volunteer role allows us to identify those children, young people and adults who would benefit from additional help whilst waiting for support or at end of support to enable them to feel more confident and play a more active part in their local community. Key Tasks Organising and undertaking weekly activities with a child or young person, collecting them from their home and returning them safely to their parent/carer. Building a relationship with a child or young person that is focused on their needs and abilities. Supporting and encouraging a child or young person’s personal and social development. Helping the child or young person to build their self esteem and confidence through praise and recognition. Creating opportunities for a child or young person to experience new activities and develop their interests.