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.