Young People’s Befriender-Stranraer

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

As a volunteer befriender you will support a child/young person with diverse needs, helping them to engage in activities and building their confidence in the evenings, weekends and / or school holiday periods.

At Aberlour Futures- Stranraer we help children and young people (aged 11-18) who need extra help with education. We support children who can display challenging behaviour, as a result of the complicated emotions they experience.

Our young people may have experienced trauma in their lives and feel that no-one understands them. Some have a chaotic home life, and are risk of being taken into care, far away from their own community. Others are already living in care, and experiencing the complicated feelings that come with it. All of these factors can cause a lot of stress and worry. In turn, this can make school a difficult environment to be in and accessing community activities and making friends hard.

What will I be doing?

  • Making a difference in a child/young person’s life
  • Spending regular time with a child/young person
  • Supporting them when difficulties arise
  • Sharing an activity/hobby
  • Attending activities
  • Completing a diary/feedback after each visit
  • Working with a team of qualified professionals

What skills can I bring to this role?

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children/young people
  • A few hours to spare each week
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • An understanding of children/young people with complex needs
  • Responsible and dependable

What qualities do I need?

  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with children/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 few hours each week with a young person and attend all Aberlour training
  • A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role.



What will I gain from the role?

  • Befriending and role specific training
  • Make new friends and meet new people
  • Contribution to the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Have FUN!
  • Attend social events.

What support will I be given?

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Befriending training
  • Role specific training/ Ongoing training
  • Matching support
  • Ongoing support and supervision
  • Taster visit to the service
  • Supported introduction sessions to meet young person

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

Mandy Burrell

Telephone number: 07717535833

Email address:


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