Aberlour Scotland's Children's Charity

Charity registered in Scotland SC007991

Aberlour is the largest, solely Scottish, children’s charity and we provide help to over 6000 of Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families each year.
Our aim is to help those children most in need, working with as many children and families as our 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
Our mission is to improve the lives of Scotland's children and young people.

The Trust shall have the following Charitable Purposes (the Charitable Purposes): (a) to provide, maintain and promote care, accommodation, support, training and/or services for: (i) children and young persons who are in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, those who were previously children or young persons assisted by the Trust who remain vulnerable and/or disadvantaged and therefore remain in need of care, protection, assistance and/ or training; and (iii) vulnerable and/or disadvantaged adults whose assistance by the Trust will provide care, protection and/or assistance to children and young persons; and (b) to provide, maintain and promote education, training, consultancy, research and information: (i) for the beneficiaries listed in (a), as may be required to meet their specific educational and physical needs; (ii) for current and prospective individuals and agencies involved, whether through the Trust or otherwise, with issues relating principally to the types of beneficiaries listed in (a); and (iii) for members of the public generally and decision-makers about the activities of the Trust and issues arising therefrom.

Current opportunities

Purpose and Aims of the role: We are looking for befrienders to befriend a child of primary school age 5-12 for our 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! what will I be doing? Volunteers will be able to make a difference to a child’s life by: •Spending regular time 1:1 to build a trusted relationship •Sharing in an activity or hobby to develop interests and have fun •Encouraging child to take part in group activities to build confidence •Giving child someone to talk to develop communication skills •Being a consistent figure in the child’s life to support with life transitions What qualities do I need? •Ability to encourage and motivate others to participate in activities •To have a positive and encouraging approach to children and young people. •To have a non-judgmental approach to people, have empathy •Be enthusiastic, motivated, flexible, and committed •Reliable and approachable •Patience and understanding •Commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner •To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed When will I be needed? Befrienders will spend 2-4 hours either weekly or fortnightly with a child. As our 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. What will I gain from the role? By volunteering with Aberlour, you can gain: •Excellent training •Make new friends and meet new people •Get out and about •Have FUN! •Attend social events. •A sense of satisfaction in helping children, young people and families build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential •Experience of supporting young people to flourish. •Practical experience of working with children, young people, and families What support will I be given? Aberlour aims to ensure volunteering is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Volunteers will receive: •Induction and child protection training •Specific befriending training relevant to the role •Ongoing support and supervision •Travel expenses and activity expenses •Named contact support Additional Information Due to Health and Safety requirements, you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role. For all roles involving regulated work with children and/or protected adults, Aberlour will require the applicant to submit a PVG Scheme Record or a PVG Scheme Record Update application. This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

Could you be a positive male role model to a child or young person? We are recruiting male volunteer Befrienders to spend time sharing an activity or hobby on a regular basis. Aberlour Sustain (Angus) help struggling families to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons, and volunteer Befrienders can play an active role in supporting a child emotionally and socially. Befrienders can help children and young people enjoy a wide range of opportunities and activities, while building a trusting relationship and being a consistent figure through life transitions. Children and young people can benefit hugely from having a befriender. Spending time on a 1:1 basis allows children to develop their communication skills and build their confidence and self-esteem through sharing in a fun activity. By volunteering as a Befriender with our Sustain service in Angus, you can gain valuable experience of working with children and young people and developing an awareness of the issues affecting them. Volunteers can gain a sense of satisfaction knowing they are helping others to develop new skills and achieve their potential, while developing their own confidence and having fun. Volunteers are valued members of the Sustain team in Angus. Volunteer Befrienders typically spend time with a child or young person once a fortnight, during evenings and weekends.

Purpose and Aims of the role: Would you like to help young people to participate in group activities to build their skills and confidence? Could you spare a few hours a week? If the answer is yes we are currently looking for volunteers with experience in a range of sports and community activities. This could include football and play activities which can help improve the health and social wellbeing of our young people. Aberlour YouthPoint Glasgow works with young people aged 8-18 who may be experiencing a range of difficulties in their lives. Volunteers will help to lead groups, encouraging young people to achieve their individual goals and become positive role models. What will I be doing? • Assisting young people with sporting activities • Helping with outdoor play activities • Helping to identify young people’s needs, likes / dislikes • Supporting young people to undertake new activities • Helping young people to have fun • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem • Being a positive role model. What will I gain from the role?: • A sense of satisfaction in helping young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential • Practical experience of working with young people • Learning new skills • Experience to get back into the workplace or education • Be part of a professional and supportive team • Have FUN! What qualities do I need? • To have a non-judgemental approach to people, have empathy • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed • To be a team player • Be enthusiastic, flexible and committed • Reliable and approachable • Friendly, helpful and understanding. When will I be needed? : • We have a weekly youthclub for games and racket sports, as well as seasonal football camps in August and October • 2-3 hours per week Location: Glasgow

Feedback from families who have had befriending support tells us a Befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to help build positive relationships between parents and their baby and improve parents’ mental health. Accessing activities in the community, going for a walk, or talking over a cuppa are some of the ways in which a Befriender can make a real difference for parents and their babies. A Mum who used our service recently said “My befriender is like a wee rainbow coming in to make everything better”