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Volunteering Opportunity: VO80871
Volunteer Befriender with Fife Young Carers.
Created/last updated: 18/11/2020
About this opportunity:
Do you want to volunteer with young people in your area? Fife Young Carers (FYC) are recruiting volunteer befrienders to support young carers to access activities in their community • Young carers are children and young people who in some way look after or support someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse (Getting It Right For Young Carers in Fife 2018-21) • The young carers range from 8 to 25 years old • Having a caring role has the potential to affect every aspect of a young person's life - emotionally, mentally, physically, and socially •
Volunteer befrienders enhance what Fife Young Carers offer by helping young people access social activities in their communities, build trusting relationships, and having fun along the way • The charity is dedicated to raising awareness of young carers support needs, as well as providing opportunity for them to have a break from their caring role and build confidence • This could be a walk along the beach, a visit to a local site or café, or a variety of fun activities • FYC provide person centred support through group and one-to-one meetings, young carer statements, and support young adult carers to move into adulthood •
Do you have the personality, skills, time or experience to support a young person in your community? We ask that you commit to at least 3 months volunteering with us on a weekly or fortnightly basis
Fife Young Carers will provide full training for the role, including child protection awareness, standards and values, lone safety working and first aid awareness. As a dedicated volunteer with the organisation, you will also be able to access many training opportunities, of which expenses will be met by the organisation and supported by your local volunteer.
Out of pocket expenses paid?
Yes - Mileage at 45p/mile and public transport costs will be reimbursed.
Fife Young Carers are looking for reponsible and empathetic individuals who have excellent listening skills to engage and encourage young people to access opportunities and activities within Fife. Experience working with young people would be advantageous to this role.