Activity Buddy – Inverness

Purpose and Aims of the role

Would you like to help young people engage in activities and trips on a regular basis to build their skills and confidence?

We are looking for inspirational and motivated volunteers to help us run activities, day trips and adventures during the school holidays and weekends. Volunteers will have a sense of fun, adventure and an interested in a variety of activities to help improve the outcomes and the health and social wellbeing of our young people.

At Aberlour Sycamore, we provide a stable home for vulnerable children who are unable to live with their families. We look after children who confront complex feelings every day, due to the experiences they have had in childhood. They may experience attachment issues and low self-esteem, as a result of trauma. We support them to understand and overcome their trauma and with our help, they can go on to live happy lives.


What will I be doing?

You will make a difference to a young person’s life by:

  • Assisting staff with activities and outings
  • Supporting young people to participate in new experiences
  • Supporting young people to try new activities
  • Support staff to plan, prepare and run the outings and activities
  • Helping young people to have fun
  • Building young people’s confidence and self esteem
  • Being a positive role mode


What skills can I bring to this role?

Volunteers can bring a range of skills and experience, including:

  • A passion and enthusiasm for engaging young people in activities and supporting them to have new experiences
  • Experience of working with young people
  • A knowledge of issues affecting children and young people with additional support needs
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience of  building confidence and self esteem
  • Ability to engage young people to take part in outings and have fun
  • A genuine interest in the well-being of young people


What qualities do I need?

Volunteer would benefit from having:

  • Ability to encourage and motivate young people to participate in activities
  • To have a positive and encouraging approach to young people.
  • To have a non-judgmental approach to people, have empathy
  • Be enthusiastic, motivated, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and approachable
  • Patience and understanding
  • Friendly, helpful and understanding
  • Reliability and a commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed


When will I be needed?

Activities and outing run during weekends and school holidays. This may be fortnightly or monthly. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required for this role.



Our service is based in Inverness. Out of pocket travel expenses will be paid.


What will I gain from the role?

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping young people build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential
  • Supporting young people to flourish
  • Practical experience of working with young people
  • Have fun!


What support will I be given?

  • Induction
  • Specific training relevant to the role, including Child Protection
  • Ongoing support and supervision


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.


Contact Details

Shonagh Ferguson

Volunteer Coordinator (North) | 07864 625069

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