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  • Children & Young People Befriender
    with Barnardo's Children and Family Support Services

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO60835 - Created/last updated: 27/04/2023


    About this opportunity:Could you make a difference to children and young people in Fife? Are you looking for a new, meaningful challenge, a fun opportunity or a sense of achievement?
    Barnardo's are looking for enthusiastic individuals to offer support to children and young people across Fife, helping them to develop social skills, resilience and confidence. Befrienders engage in activities with children and young people. They can accompany them on trips to local parks and beaches, to libraries or to clubs or support them to develop hobbies. Befrienders also act as role models for children and young people by promoting trusting relationships and self-confidence.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:Induction training runs twice a year and involves around 30 hours in total which includes online training as well as classroom-based training. They offer supervision monthly and have access to the same in-house training opportunities as staff.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Out of pocket expenses are paid. Travel expenses are also paid.

    Experience required:A positive, non-judgmental attitude An ability to communicate with children Committed and enthusiastic An ability to work as part of a team Willingness to participate in a training programme Reliable and punctual. Drivers license and access to own vehicle preferable

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

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

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsBarnardo's Fife Locality is based in Kirkcaldy but they support children all across Fife and will endeavour to find a suitable match for befrienders in their chosen location. Having your own car would be preferable.

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

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

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