Homework Buddy – Family Outreach Dumfries and Galloway

Purpose and Aims of the role


Aberlour Family’s Outreach Service in Dumfries & Galloway is looking for inspirational individuals to help young people with their studies at local homework clubs based in Annandale & Eskdale, Nithsdale, & Stewartry. In addition to homework  children participate in a weekly activities to enhance peer interaction, life skills & resilience, examples are stranger danger, fire safety, arts & crafts, Forest School, foods of the world etc. The role will include possibly transporting young people from the school to the homework club venue (if you have access to transport) welcoming young people to the sessions, making sure that they feel at ease, and giving feedback to the young people’s parents about their progress.

Aberlour Family Outreach Dumfries & Galloway is a family support service based in the North West Resource Centre Dumfries working on an outreach provision in Annandale & Eskdale & the Stewartry.  Our aim is to support the lives of vulnerable children and families in order to improve their life chances by increasing resilience through the promotion of their health, educational attainment and social well-being.


What will I be doing? 


  • Supporting children at homework clubs within a school/community setting
  • Supporting children (either group or individually) with homework study
  • Team working
  • Record keeping
  • Liaising with professionals and families
  • Welcoming children as they arrive and make them feel at ease
  • Motivate and encourage children to access relevant resources within the group to complete their homework
  • Providing feedback to the children’s parents/carers about their progress
  • Assist in planning and delivery of creative activity session.

What skills can I bring to this role? 

  • Friendly and approachable
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm and ability to motivate others
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Responsible and dependable


What qualities do I need?

  • Have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children and families.
  • Be empathetic
  • Treat all information in a confidential manner
  • Be friendly, helpful and understanding
  • To be patient with the children and families
  • A good command of written and spoken English and confident at using technology
  • Be enthusiastic, flexible, committed and patient
  • Reliable and consistent
  • Committed to treating all information in a confidential manner

When will I be needed? 


  • After school hours
  • Weekday afternoons, each session lasts for approx. 2 hours
  • Group work sessions may vary according to school term times
  • Minimum commitment of 6 months required




Dumfries, Annan, Lochmaben, Castle Douglas.


What will I gain from the role? 


  • Practical experience of working with children and families
  • A sense of satisfaction in helping parents or children to achieve their full potential
  • Preparation for returning to work or development of a career path

What support will I be given?


  • Induction
  • Role specific training
  • Child protection training
  • Expenses – all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
  • Supervision and support from your manager / coordinator


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


Email: volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

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