Families First St Andrews

Charity registered in Scotland SC032506

We support families in North East Fife with children in the household, aged 5-16 years, who have additional support needs. Our services include 1:1 befriending, group work and adult support. All of our service users have been referred. Referral forms can be accessed via our website.

Current opportunities

Staff and volunteers provide services to children and young people between five and sixteen years of age. One to one befriending takes place once a fortnight and is centred on the needs and wishes of the child. Befrienders give children and young people individual attention and support, provide them with encouragement, and help reduce feelings of isolation. Popular befriending activities include baking, arts and crafts, local outings and swimming. we also run various groups for children and young people. These include groups in schools, groups for teenagers, and holiday activities during the summer holidays. Please see our website for more information.

Volunteers can become one-to-one or group befrienders for 2 hours once a fortnight. Befrienders support children and young people, engaging with them in activities such as baking, swimming or walks along the beach, depending on the interests of the child. Befriending generally takes place between 3.30 and 7.00pm on weekdays. Volunteers undergo child protection training and befriending training and are subject to CRBS enhanced disclosure checks. Our befriending service places value on the individual and gives the opportunity to form positive relationships, and build up self-esteem. Parents have witnessed the benefits to their children. One parent states:”This service is second to none. It has opened up so many opportunities for my son and has made a huge difference to him. Volunteers are very good at listening and taking an interest in each individual child’s interests.” Interested in this opportunity? Contact Families First on 01334 473259 or email familiesfirst@talktalk.net

As a volunteer driver your role will be to either pick up, drop off, or undertake a return journey, with the children and young people we work with. The children and young people live throughout North East Fife. This service is vital to the children who attend our services as a means of support and time to relax and have fun. The children and young people look forward to attending their activities such as 1:1 befriending or youth groups. These activities benefit the children and young people's social and emotional development. As a driver you will contribute to their overall experience by interacting with the children and meeting their families. All drivers must be over 21, have to complete an application form, undergo an enhanced PVG check, provide 2 referees and undertake training. Drivers will also have to provide evidence of car insurance, MOT, tax, servicing history and driving licence.

Families First is a small independent Charity working with children aged 5 - 16 years, living in north east Fife who have additional support needs. The challenges children face include Autism, poor physical and mental health, social problems such as isolation and poverty. Our overall objectives are to strengthen the social and emotional development of children, young people and their parents and carers so they become effective contributors to their communities. The trustees offer strategic guidance and provide a governance role to Families First as an organisation. The trustees are looking for new members who can offer their skills and expertise to support Families First's mission "Families First work alongside children and young people to overcome the personal challenges they face in life." We are looking for trustees with an expertise in finance, fundraising, law and children's work. Along with your skills and expertise the trustees are looking for people who value the difference small charities can make to local communities.