Big Hearts Befrienders
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.
– 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
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.