Befriend a Child

Charity registered in Scotland SC005467

At Befriend a Child we support children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to achieve their full potential and develop into confident and competent adults.

Current opportunities

Are you a good listener, non-judgemental and empathetic with an ability to relate to traumatic life experiences that some of the children/young people referred to us may have faced? Befriend a Child is a local charity that provides 1:1 befriending and mentoring services for school aged children and young people. The youngsters we support often come from troubled family backgrounds where they experience many different challenges and difficulties. Some of the children are at a risk of isolation, bullying and attracting stigma at school due to their situations at home. If you are reliable and fun-loving, with a positive disposition and you can commit to sparing a few hours each month, you could make a huge difference in a young person’s life. For more information please contact

Could you be a role model for a young person who would really benefit from your time? By giving just 2-3 hours a week you could be that positive, trusted and fun role model that a young person aged 8-14 really needs. You will meet weekly with your mentee for a minimum of 12 months, your mentee will experience quality one-to-one time with a consistent caring and reliable adult. Through being a good listener, an empathic individual with a non-judgmental attitude a positive mentoring relationship can develop by doing activities that you both enjoy. Popular activities involve baking & cooking, arts & crafts, playing football, going to the beach or local forest walks, ice-skating or just enjoying a milkshake at a local café. You have the potential to make a real difference in a young persons life by helping build confidence and self-esteem and most importantly being someone they can talk to about anything. This role is subject to an application form being submitted, providing 2 references and completing a PVG Disclosure (is free for volunteers-details and PVG provided on application). For further details please contact: Aleisha Douglas, Intandem Volunteer co-ordinator at Email: or phone: 01224 210060.