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Volunteering Opportunity: VO92757

  • Young Carers Befriender (EAST FIFE)
    with Lead Scotland.

    Created/last updated: 02/05/2024

    About this opportunity:Offering 1:1 befriending support to young carers (aged 12-18) who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected
     •  Making a valuable difference to someone's life by undertaking a social role and offering them some 'me' time away from their caring role and enabling them to access more opportunities within their community
     •  You can do this by chatting with someone on the phone, going out for coffee, taking a walk together, finding a hobby or joining a local group
     •  Befrienders help people build their confidence, connect more with their communities and meet new people
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Induction training, relevant to the role of a befriender with the young carers' project, will take place before the volunteer is matched with a young carer. Other training, including Boundaries and Child Protection, will be available. This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Travel and out of pocket expenses reimbursed monthly

    Experience required:A warm and friendly personality; kindness, patience, good communication skills; good listening skills, reliability; ability to maintain confidentiality; empathy; understanding; respect for others' life choices, values, and beliefs; ability to volunteer independently with regular contact with the Befriending Coordinator. An interest in Youth Work or a background in this would be beneficial.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Informal Chat; Interview; PVG membership required; References; Trial Period

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsIn-person meetings in the local community.

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