Broomhouse Youth Befriending Project
BYBP is a voluntary project, which recruits, trains and supports volunteer Befrienders for young people affected by parental substance misuse aged 5-18.
Youth Befriending Volunteer Form
The part time project was established in 2002 and we now have 12 volunteers working at any given time, which means we can help up to 20 young people in a year period.
At present the waiting list is around 24 vulnerable young people. They have been referred by social workers, head teachers, police, housing department or health professionals.
Parental substance misuse can impact on young people in many ways such as:
- Being bullied
- Lack of supportive adults within the family
- Concern for the young person's physical, emotional, educational or social welfare
- Not coping within the school setting
- Becoming a Young Carer
- Abuse or neglect
Aims and Objectives
BYBP aims to improve the lives of young people affected by parental substance misuse in the Broomhouse and surrounding areas.
Our key objectives are to:
- Offer young people the opportunity to engage in a trusting, supportive relationship with a reliable, consistent adult
- Provide young people with a positive role model
- Enable young people to do things they would not normally do on their own
- Improve life opportunities and enable young people to make positive life choices
- Encourage young people to engage in positive use of their leisure time
Outcomes we hope for include:
- Young people are moved on to a positive destination
- Improved skills to enable young people to cope better at home
- Increased knowledge of the issues surrounding substance misuse
- Improve support for children looked after at home
- Improved self confidence
- Growth of self-esteem
- Improved relationships with family and friends
- Improved attendance at school
- Increased social activity in the community
- Improved quality of life