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Glasgow – Befriender for Young Refugees

Please Note:
Our interviews and training programme are currently taking place online. All meetings between Befrienders and Young People are in line with current restrictions.

What will I be doing?

We are looking for volunteer befrienders to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children. We are looking for volunteer befrienders in:

  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen
  • Fife
  • Dundee
  • Perth
  • Inverness

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 of young people’s 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!

Outings will be weekly/ fortnightly for 2-4 hrs (this can be agreed between you and the young person you are matched with). We are ideally looking for a minimum commitment of 6-12 months. You will also have a 1 hr support and supervision meeting every 6-8 weeks with ongoing support throughout the match.

At this time, because of feedback from the young people we support, we are particularly keen to hear from potential male volunteers; and whilst we are happy to accept applications from males and females of all ages we are keen to hear from potential volunteers in their 20s or 30s. Please note that this can sometimes be an active role (walking, cycling, sports). It may also be useful, though not essential, if a potential volunteer has access to a car as some travel may be involved.

This role also requires a PVG and reference check which will be applied for and processed for by the project.

The impact you can make

For a child or young person having a befriender can be life changing. A befriender can provide emotional support to a young person and act as a positive role model. Through taking part in new activities, children and young people can learn new skills which will help improve their confidence and self-esteem.

The benefits to you

As a volunteer you will gain practical experience of spending time with young people and increase your knowledge about the issues affecting young people. You will meet a range of new people and be filled with a sense of satisfaction, knowing that you have helped make a difference in a young person’s life.

 

Contact Details

Aberlour Child Care Trust
135 Fifty Pitches Road
Glasgow

G51 4EB

volunteering@aberlour.org.uk