Befriender for Young people– LifeWorks (Fife)

Purpose and Aims of the role

 Could you make a difference to a young adult’s life?

As a volunteer befriender you will support a young adult, helping them to engage in activities and building their confidence.

Aberlour LifeWorks – Fife, run in partnership with Fife Council, aims to improve life chances for young people and help them develop important life skills for the future. Our experienced staff and volunteers work together with each young person to build positive relationships, offer opportunities and support that make day-to-day life skills and the transition into adulthood less challenging.

The young people we help are aged 14 plus and our volunteers will be part of a tailored support package to meet individual needs of young people.

 

What will I be doing?

  • Making a difference in a young person’s life
  • Spending regular time with a young person
  • Supporting them when difficulties arise
  • Sharing an activity/hobby
  • Attending activities
  • Completing a contact sheet 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 young people
  • A few hours to spare each week/fortnight
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience of working with young people with complex needs
  • Responsible and dependable

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with 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 or fortnight with a young person and attend all Aberlour training
  • Befriending will generally take place in the evenings or at weekends
  • A minimum of 1 year commitment is required for this role.

Location

Fife

What will I gain from the role?

  • Befriending and role specific training
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Contribution to the wellbeing of the young people
  • Have FUN!
  • Attend social events.

What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Befriending training
  • Role specific training/ Ongoing training
  • Matching support
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • Taster visit to the service
  • Travel expenses

Additional Information

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. Due to Health and Safety requirements you must be at least 18 years of age to undertake this volunteering role.

Contact details

Email address: volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

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