Befriender – Dunfermline

Purpose and Aims of the role


Could you make a difference to a young adult’s life?

As a volunteer befriender you will support a young adult with complex needs, helping them to engage in activities and building their confidence.

Aberlour Options – Fife (Residential) provides the highest standards of care and support to five young men with varying levels of learning disability. The service provides a range of specialised support and care to young adults who have various learning disabilities. While staying with us, the young people enjoy a range of fun activities and experiences with our staff who specialise in taking care of young people with disabilities.


What will I be doing?


  • Making a difference in a young person’s life
  • Spending regular time with a young person
  • 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 young people
  • A few hours to spare each week/fortnight
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Experience of working with young people with complex needs
  • An understanding of young people and Autism
  • Responsible and dependable

What qualities do I need?


  • To have a non-judgemental attitude and approach to working with 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 or fortnight with a young person and attend all Aberlour training
  • Befriending will generally take place in the evenings or at weekends
  • A minimum of 1 year 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 the 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


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

Telephone number: 01415513822

Email address:


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