Befriender (Children & Families) – Highlands (Ross-Shire)

Aberlour have a new service based in Ross-shire called Sustain and we are looking for volunteer befrienders to work with children and families. Could you spend regular time with a child or family, sharing a hobby or activity on a fortnightly basis? If you have a genuine interest in the wellbeing of children and families and live in Ross-shire we would love to hear from you.

What will I be doing?


  • Making a difference in a child or young person’s life
  • Spending regular time with families
  • 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 role?

  • 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?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children and young people
  • To be empathetic
  • To be able to treat 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 2-4 hours each week/fortnight depending on the needs of the child/young person/family
  • A minimum of 1 year’s commitment is required for this role.


Highlands (Ross-Shire)


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
  • Matching support
  • 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.


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