Befriender (Children and Families) – Perth and Kinross

Purpose and Aims of the role

Could you spend time with a child, sharing a hobby or activity on a regular basis?

Aberlour Sustain (Perth and Kinross) help families on the ‘edge of care’ to stay together, by giving them the help and support they need to prevent a child from being taken into care. The families we work with need help for a range of reasons and our workers spend time with children, young people, parents and carers in order to understand what the family needs to thrive. We understand that family life can be difficult for all sorts of reasons. Our approach is always sympathetic and non-judgemental.

We are recruiting volunteer Befrienders to build relationships with children and young people. If you have a genuine interest in in the wellbeing of children and young people and live in the Perth and Kinross area we would love to hear from you.


What will I be doing?

Volunteers can make a make a difference to a child, young person or family’s life by:

  • Spending regular time with a Befriendee (child or young person)
  • Spending time sharing in an activity or hobby with Befriendee
  • Encouraging Befriendee to attend groups and try new activities
  • Giving Befriendee someone to trust and talk to
  • Helping to support families who are experiences difficulties and being there for families when difficulties arise

What skills can I bring to this role?

Volunteers would benefit from having:

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children, young people and families
  • Experience working with children, young people and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting children, young people and families
  • A non-judgmental, empathetic attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Respect for confidentiality and boundaries

What qualities do I need?

Desirable qualities of a Befriender also include:

  • Ability to encourage and motivate others to participate in activities
  • To have a positive and encouraging approach to children and 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?

Befrienders will typically spend a few hours a fortnight with the Befriendee. A minimum commitment of 6 months is required for this role. Volunteers should also be committed and available to attend training to meet the needs of the role, as identified by the service.

What will I gain from the role?

By volunteering with Aberlour, you can gain:

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

What support will I be given?

Aberlour aims to ensure volunteer is an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Volunteers will receive:

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Specific training relevant to the role
  • 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 (Volunteer Coordinator – North) | 07864 625069

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