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Children’s befriender – Falkirk

Purpose and Aims of the role

We are looking for befrienders to befriend a child of primary school age 5-12 for our new primary years outreach service. As a volunteer befriender you would be matched with a child, who you would spend regular time with on a 1:1 basis, building a trusting relationship and having fun. You would take part in activities that a child enjoys such as playing football/going to the park or to introduce them to new activities or hobbies that they may not have the opportunity to take part in normally. Befriender’s can be male or female, from various backgrounds and anyone aged 18 and over – there is no upper age limit to become a befriender!

what will i be doing?

Volunteers will be able to make a difference to a child’s life by:

  • Spending regular time 1:1 to build a trusted relationship
  • Sharing in an activity or hobby to develop interests and have fun
  • Encouraging child to take part in group activities to build confidence
  • Giving child someone to talk to develop communication skills
  • Being a consistent figure in the child’s life to support with life transitions

What skills can I bring to this role?

Volunteers would benefit from having:

  • A genuine interest in the well-being of children and families
  • Experience working with children and families
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting children, young people and families
  • A non-judgmental, empathetic attitude
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Respect for confidentiality and boundaries

What qualities do I need?

Desirable qualities of a Befriender also include:

  • Ability to encourage and motivate others to participate in activities
  • To have a positive and encouraging approach to children and young people.
  • To have a non-judgmental approach to people, have empathy
  • Be enthusiastic, motivated, flexible and committed
  • Reliable and approachable
  • Patience and understanding
  • Commitment to treat all information in a confidential manner
  • To have a good value base, be open minded and level headed

When will I be needed?

Befrienders will spend 2-4 hours either weekly or fortnightly with a child. As our children will be at school, outings will generally take place after school hours or weekends. A minimum of 6 months commitment is required for this role.

What will I gain from the role?

By volunteering with Aberlour, you can gain:

  • A sense of satisfaction in helping children, young people and families build their confidence and self-esteem to achieve their full potential  Experience of supporting young people to flourish.
  • Practical experience of working with children, young people and families  Have fun!

What support will I be given?

Aberlour aims to ensure volunteering is an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Volunteers will receive:

  • Induction and child protection training
  • Specific befriending training relevant to the role
  • 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.

 

 

 

Contact Details

26/32 Dunkeld Place
Langlees
Falkirk

FK2 7UD

volunteering@aberlour.org.uk

07854958110