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Big Hearts Befrienders

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The Big Hearts Befrienders project was set up for young people identified as isolated or in need of additional support.  This project is run in partnership with Space & Broomhouse Hub, who have significant experience in providing befriending services for young people.

 

Objective of the Role
Volunteer Befrienders offer informal support to vulnerable children aged 7-14 years old. Each trained volunteer is matched with a young person with similar interests. They both engage in weekly activities to improve the young person’s emotional wellbeing and connections within their local community.

 

Activities
– Engaging in one to one social and fun activities (eg. visit to the zoo, dog walking, cinema)
– Taking part in group activities with other Befrienders (eg. ice skating or baking)
– Becoming a trusted role model for the young person and maintain a confidential relationship
– Choosing monthly activities to do with the child, within an allocated budget

 

Skills & Qualities Required
– Reliable and able to act responsibly.
– Flexible, understanding and enthusiastic to engage in youth activities.
– Comfortable to chat to young people who face significant disadvantage and social isolation.

 

What’s in it for you?
– Get involved in improving a young person’s life by developing new skills
– Volunteer in the community on behalf of Hearts’ charity
– Engage in social & cultural activities matching your interests & availabilities
– Support & advice from our Befriending Project Officer
– Travel expenses provided


PVG Required
Yes – Big Hearts will help with this and the cost will be fully covered.

 

Location & time
Flexible across Edinburgh and surrounding areas.  We tend to match Befrienders with children living in the same geographical area.

 

Availability & commitment required
A commitment of 2-3 hours per week over the course of 12 months, after completion of training.

Want to help? Apply below.