Befriender – Fife

Purpose and aims of the role

Aberlour’s Sycamore Service is a community based cluster of integrated residential, education and fostering services. Over the past 30 years we have earned an excellent reputation for working with children and young people who have experienced disadvantage and trauma as a result of early childhood experiences.  We pride ourselves on our child centred focus and strong commitment to the individual development of each child emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.

Volunteers are a very important part of the healing process required to support our children and young people back into the cycle of positive social development.

What will i be doing?

  • Making a difference in a child or young person’s life
  • Spending regular time with a child or young person
  • Supporting them when difficulties arise
  • Sharing an activity/hobby
  • Attending activities
  • Completing a diary after each visit
  • Attending regular support sessions
  • Contributing to service assessments through support

What skills can i bring to this role?

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children and young people
  • A few hours to spare each week
  • Reliability and discretion
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Responsible and dependable

What qualities do i need?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children and young people
  • To be empathetic
  • To be able to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • Be friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible, committed and patient

When will i be needed?

  • Befrienders will spend a few hours each week with a child or young person and also attend monthly group activities and attend all Aberlour training
  • As our children / young people will be at school, outings will generally take place in the evenings or at weekends
  • A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role

Location

Fife

What will i gain from the role?

  • Befriending training
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Get out and about
  • Be young again
  • Have FUN!
  • Attend social events

What support will i be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Befriending training
  • Matching support
  • Ongoing support and supervision

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.

Contact details

Please apply now or email volunteering@aberlour.org.uk for more information.

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