Charity registered in Scotland SC007991

At Aberlour, we believe that all children deserve to flourish. We are there for children, young people and families across Scotland, helping transform lives for the better.
We listen: Our services are tailored to help each child, young person or family to be the very best they can be. We support them to overcome significant challenges like growing up in and leaving care, living with a disability and dealing with the impact of drugs and alcohol on family life. We offer support at the earliest opportunity: Giving children the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and, through this, contribute to building a fairer and more equal society.

Current opportunity

Aberlour are looking for befrienders to befriend a child of primary school age 5-12 for their new primary years outreach service. As a volunteer befriender you would be matched with a child, who you would spend regular time with on a 1:1 basis, building a trusting relationship and having fun. You would take part in activities that a child enjoys such as playing football/going to the park or to introduce them to new activities or hobbies that they may not have the opportunity to take part in normally. Befriender’s can be male or female, from various backgrounds and anyone aged 18 and over – there is no upper age limit to become a befriender! Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity providing help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year. Aberlour's aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as resources allow in the areas of: • Children and families affected by disability • Children and families affected by drugs and alcohol • Young People at Risk • Parent and Child Development Aberlour's mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people. For a child having a befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to a child and act as a positive role model. Through taking part in new activities, children can learn new skills which will help improve their confidence and self-esteem. As a volunteer you will gain practical experience of spending time with children and increase your knowledge about the issues affecting children. You will meet a range of new people and be filled with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you have helped make a difference in a child’s life. What will I gain from the role? • Excellent training • Make new friends and meet new people • Get out and about • Have FUN! • Attend social events. Befrienders will spend 2-4 hours either weekly or fortnightly with a child. As the children will be at school, outings will generally take place after school hours or weekends. A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role.