Lead Scotland

Charity registered in Scotland SC003949

Lead Scotland is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults, and carers in Scotland. In Fife, learners can chose what they want to learn and are supported by volunteers, one-to-one or in small groups.
Lead Scotland also run a Fife-wide, time limited befriending project for anyone over 16 who is facing social isolation or loneliness. People are supported on a one-to-one basis by local volunteers.

Current opportunities

Lead Scotland's befriending service offers young carers (age 12-18) in Fife some "me" time away from their caring role by enabling them to have access to the same opportunities as their peers. Thus Lead Scotland are looking for volunteer befrienders to make a difference to the life of a young carer and to help provide access to a range of fun, engaging or self-development activities. Being a befriender means making a real difference to someone's life. Activities could be going for a short walk together, going for tea/coffee in the town, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to link into their community. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties. Volunteers will be matched with a suitable service user or "befriendee". The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person's home, or out in the community. A variety of factors are considered inn the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests. each match will be for 4-12 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree.

Lead Scotland’s Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances. Volunteers offer one to one support to enable adults and older people to become more self-confident and motivated, to try new activities and to make more connections with their communities and local services. You do not need to have any qualifications as full training and support will be given. This role is more about who you are, not what you have done! Being a befriender means you would be making a real difference to someone’s life. Maybe you could go for a short walk, go for a tea/coffee in town, find a local activity or simply spend some time having a chat in the person’s home. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties. Each match will be for 4-6 months or longer, depending on the needs of the person receiving support. If you would prefer to offer weekly befriending support from your home, you could become a ‘distance’ befriender. This would be via telephone, email or video call. Please speak to the Co-ordinator about this option.