supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Volunteering Opportunity Details

  • Volunteer Befriender for Young Carers
    with Lead Scotland

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO84698 - Created/last updated: 06/04/2021



    Print
    Opportunity


    About this opportunity:Make a difference to the life of a young carer and help provide access to a range of fun, engaging or self-development activities.

    Lead Scotland's befriending service offers young carers (12 - 18 years) living in Fife some "me" time away from their caring role, enabling them to have access to the same opportunities as their peers.

    A befriender can have a positive impact on someone's life. Activities can include: going for a short walk together, meeting for a coffee in town, finding a hobby, accompanying them to college or assisting them to make connections with their local community. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties.

    During the current Covid-19 situation, remote support will be the only option but you can still make a difference by offering your time to have a telephone or video call with a young carer.

    Takes place:
    morningsafternoonsevenings
    Mondays
    Tuesdays
    Wednesdays
    Thursdays
    Fridays
    Saturdays
    Sundays
    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 training and Adult Achievement Awards, will be available from Lead Scotland. Volunteers will also have access to free training opportunities with Youth First. This opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - will be paid monthly

    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 DetailsThe project is Fife wide. Volunteer and young carer meetings may take place in the young carer's home, or out in the community. Volunteers will be matched with a young carer within travelling distance. Travel expenses will be paid. During Covid-19, me

    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:

    Please tell us what age group you are in:
    Are you looking to improve your employability prospects by volunteering?    

      You can print these opportunity details.

    Go to main volunteering opportunities page

Suggest an update/report an error/enquire about this page

Other Opportunities

Here are some shortcuts to other, similar opportunities:

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

Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
Opportunities which benefit Young People


Go to main volunteering opportunities page

What is volunteering?

Find out more about volunteering
View our introduction to volunteering page or contact us to find out more - our experts love helping people of all ages and backgrounds to become volunteers.

Register your opportunity
If you are an Organisation that would like your opportunity to be registered. You can do this by requesting a registration form here.

Help and Support

Call us to arrange an appointment
Give us a call on 0800 389 6046 to arrange an appointment to chat with our staff about what opportunities are available. Meetings can be arranged outside of the office in some cases.

Register with us
Fill out our registration form and a member of staff will then get in touch with you to discuss volunteering options to suit you.

Volunteering Bulletin

If you volunteer or you're interested in volunteering then sign up for our free e-mail bulletin for volunteers - it only takes a few seconds. We send out bulletins roughly every two weeks and you can unsubscribe at any time.