Children and Young Person’s Befriender – 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?

  • Spending regular time with a child/young person (befriendee)
  • Attending and supporting children to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities
  • Sharing an activity/hobby within your local community
  • Giving befriendee someone to trust and talk to
  • Completing a diary after each visit
  • Attending regular support and supervision sessions.

What skills/qualities can I bring to this role?

  • good communication skills
  • non judgemental
  • reliable
  • a genuine interest in the well-being of children
  • warm and compassionate

When will I be needed?

  • Befrienders will spend 2-4 hours weekly with a child/young person
  • As our children / young people will be at school, outings will generally take place after school hours
  • A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role.

What will I gain from the role?

  • Valuable training
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Get out and about
  • Have FUN!
  • A sense of satisfaction
  • practical experience of volunteering with children
  • Attendance at social events

What support will I be given?

  • training to support you in your role
  • service point of contact
  • support from the volunteering team
  • regular 1:1 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 join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme.  We will support you to complete this form and submit this as part of our recruitment process.  This opportunity is subject to the completion of satisfactory references and successful registration on the PVG Scheme.

Contact details

Aberlour Volunteering Team

0141 260 9180 or email: volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

 

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