When We Need You
From 17/10/2005 onwards
The trusting friendship that develops is the platform for the child to increase their confidence and self esteem. Befriending is not about "treats" but about giving quality time to a youngster who needs that bit extra. Befriending is a two-way process an befrienders themselves get a great deal from the experience. "Befriending is fun." "It's about putting back to society." " Befriending lets me be young again."
About Befrienders *
The Befriending Scheme recruits volunteers to befreind children and young people, who, for a variety of reasons, need extra support. The aims of the scheme are: * to recruit, train and support volunteers to act as befrienders * to receive referrals from a range of agencies including social work, schools, psychologists, reporters department * to match up thes referrals with befrienders * to work collaboratively with a range of statutory and voluntary agencies to support children in their own communities
Skills & Experience
Patience, sense of humour, liking children's company, understanding, being non-judgmental, commitent. Initial and ongoing training.
Befrienders collect their befriendee from home and return them there. Where befriending happens varies a great deal and largely depends on the activity.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Other, Police Check, References
Befriending / Mentoring
17p per mile, plus subsistence where appropriate Access depends on venues visited.
Frequency & Commitment
. Minimum Commitment: 1 Year
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
c/o Community Education Centre
Contact: Volunteer Centre Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01369 700100