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  • Young Carers Befriender (1:1)
    with Lead Scotland

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO78574 - 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.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided: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.

    Experience required: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.

    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 DetailsVolunteering happens in your local area as this project helps young people all over Fife.

    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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Lead Scotland has the following, additional volunteering opportunities:
  - Volunteer Befriender for Young Carers
  - Volunteer Befriender (Adults 1-1)

Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
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