Befriender (Children and Families) – Dundee

Purpose and Aims of the role

Could you make a difference to a child or young person’s life?

Aberlour works with children and young people who have experienced disadvantage, trauma or have disabilities. We pride ourselves on our child centred focus and strong commitment to the individual development of each child emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.

We help parents and children who are struggling to cope as a result of substance use or disability in the family. We work with whole families as well as children on their own. We are looking for Befrienders to work with children or  young people to provide opportunities for activities and to have someone to speak to.


What will I be doing?

Volunteer Befrienders can make a different to a child or young person’s life by:

  • Spending regular time with a child or young person
  • Helping support families experiencing difficulties
  • 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 roles?

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

  • 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?

Volunteers would also benefit from:

  • Having a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children and young people or parents
  • Ability to be empathetic
  • Treating 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
  • A minimum of 1 year’s commitment is required for this role.





What will I gain from the role?

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


What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Befriending training
  • Specific training
  • 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

Shonagh Ferguson


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