Aberlour, funded through the social innovation fund working in partnership with the University of Stirling Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection and piloting a new bespoke befriending service. This new service offers a flexible, relationship-based service to help support unaccompanied asylum seeking children overcome difficulties with social isolation; loneliness; orientation; language; culture and integration.
At Aberlour, we believe that all children deserve to flourish. We listen: Our services are tailored to help each child or young person be the very best they can be. We support them to overcome significant challenges and we offer support at the earliest opportunity: Giving children the best possible start in life is at the heart of everything we do.
Our vision is to transform the lives of the children and families we work with and, through this, contribute to building a fairer and more equal society.
We are looking for volunteer befrienders to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children across Glasgow. The age of unaccompanied children on arrival in Scotland is around 12-17 years old so befrienders will be supporting mainly teenagers. Building social networks and social integration are a crucial part for young peoples’ successful transition to their new country and a volunteer can help support this, by developing trusting positive relationships, being a social support to them and helping with community integration. As a volunteer, you would have the satisfaction of supporting a young person in need, increasing your own confidence, enhancing your skills and experience – all the while having fun along the way!
Scottish Guardianship Service, Glasgow
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.
If you would like to be a befriender and really make a difference please contact us below, we would love to hear from you.
Telephone: 0141 260 9180