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Volunteering Opportunity: VO47168

  • Befriending Volunteer
    with Families First St Andrews.

    Created/last updated: 21/07/2021

    About this opportunity:Volunteers can become one-to-one befrienders for 2 hour sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis
     •  Befrienders support children and young people; engaging with them in activities such as baking, swimming, arts and crafts, games or walks along the beach, depending on the interests of the child
     •  Befriending generally takes place between 3
     • 30 and 6 pm on weekdays, after school
     •  Those wishing to volunteer must undergo Families First training which includes child protection training and are subject to PVG enhanced disclosure checks
     •  Our befriending service places value on the individual child and gives them the opportunity to form positive relationships and build up self-esteem
     •  Parents have witnessed the benefits to their children
     •  One parent commented that - 'this service is second to none
     •  It has opened up so many opportunities for my son and has made a huge difference to him'
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:All volunteers undergo child protection training and befriending training. Staff are available during befriending sessions to lend support. All volunteers undergo PVG enhanced disclosure checks.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - If you take public transport to go to their centre to undertake your volunteering role, fares are reimbursed.

    Experience required:Volunteers need to have very good listening skills and be able to follow a childs lead.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsBefriending services operates out of Families First premises, Rose Lane, 132 South Street, St Andrews. Children are transported to and from the Centre. Befrienders make their own way to the Centre.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.