Thinking of Becoming a Befriender?
Volunteers are central to what we do and recruitment is an on-going priority. Befrienders are volunteers who are recruited, trained and supported by the Project Manager. If you have a couple of hours to spare each week and have these qualities then we would love to hear from you:
- Have time available for regular meetings
- Are reliable
- Have the ability to build rapport with a young person
- Are sensitive and non-judgemental to the needs of young people and can adopt a flexible approach
- Can respect the need for confidentiality
- Have a minimum of 1 year to offer the project and a young person once training is complete
Training takes place over a 2 week period and includes:-
- The role of the befriender
- Befriending situations
- What is expected of a befriender
- The matching process
- Listening skills
- Child protection
The befriender meets once a week for 2 hours with the young person doing activities in the Centre such as playing games, Wii fit, pool, arts and crafts, pamper sessions. Plus a monthly trip out to places of interest, bowling, cinema, ice skating, eating out and much, much more. All volunteers travelling expenses are paid.
During volunteers week in June each year we hold a celebration evening to award our volunteers with their certificate followed by a buffet and dancing.
The Centre is Awarded with the Investing In Volunteers Award and we are in the process of the Quality In Befriending Award.
If you would like to become a befriender or would like to find out more please call the Project Manager Alana Taylor on 0131 455 7759 or email YouthBefriending@broomhousecentre.org.uk.
Befrienders in Edinburgh
Could you volunteer to befriend a young person age 5 to 16, spending positive time on a one-to-one basis, having fun, listening, helping to build their self-confidence and opening up new opportunities? We are looking to recruit both male and female volunteers (aged over 16 years old) for:
- The brand new Edinburgh Befriending Consortium, an exciting collaboration between CHILDREN 1st, Crossreach Sunflower Garden and Broomhouse Befriending Project designed to support young people across Edinburgh who are affected by substance misuse in their family and who may be particularly isolated and unable to take part in activities.
- The long established CHILDREN 1st bfriends service for all young people who need extra support.
Comprehensive training, induction and support is provided. The training course aims to prepare volunteers fully for the befriending role. Because the training is so comprehensive, a genuine caring nature is more important to us than experience or qualifications. Training takes place one evening a week for seven weeks.
After training, volunteers are allocated to one of our bases throughout the City of Edinburgh, and have the support of a full-time Project Worker. Each base is packed with games, resources, and ideas for things to do. Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed and training opportunities are provided free of charge. Days and times to suit the volunteer (must be outwith school hours).
We need people from a variety of backgrounds who:
- are patient, reliable and open-minded
- understand some of the problems young people experience
- can see things from the young person's point of view
- are safe and reliable carers
- can communicate well
- can commit about 3 to 4 hours a week for at least a year
- support our aims and objectives.
Closing Date: On-going
Interview & Training Dates: July & August for Training from 5 September
Salary: Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
To apply, please complete the application pack and then print it out (you won't be able to save the document) or print the pack and complete the application by hand. Please return your application to bfriends Edinburgh, CHILDREN 1ST, Baird House, 10-12 Newtoft Street, Edinburgh, EH17 8RD.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 672 1857.