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Volunteering Opportunity: VO78574
Young Carers Befriender (1:1) with Lead Scotland.
Created/last updated: 04/08/2020
About this opportunity:
Lead Scotland's befriending service offers young carers (age 12-18) in Fife some "me" time away from their caring role by enabling them to have access to the same opportunities as their peers • Thus Lead Scotland are looking for volunteer befrienders to make a difference to the life of a young carer and to help provide access to a range of fun, engaging or self-development activities •
Being a befriender means making a real difference to someone's life • Activities could be going for a short walk together, going for tea/coffee in the town, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to link into their community • Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties •
Volunteers will be matched with a suitable service user or "befriendee" • The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance • The meetings may be in the person's home, or out in the community •
A variety of factors are considered inn the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests • each match will be for 4-12 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree •
No details were provided about the training made available to volunteers. Please contact us to find out more.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Mileage to be confirmed; bus fares refunded on receipt.
A warm and friendly personality; good communication skills; reliability; ability to maintain confidentiality; empathy; understanding; respect for others' life choices, values and beliefs; ability to work independently with regular contact with the Volunteer Manager.