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Befriending Young People

Volunteering Matters

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Minimum Age: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.

About this opportunity:

Are you looking to make a positive difference in a young vulnerable person's life? With social isolation, inequality and child poverty on the rise, the need for befrienders to help a child see the light at the end of the tunnel is higher than ever. If you care passionately about child welfare or are looking to gain relevant experience in health, social care or education- befriend a child today! Once trained, volunteers at the project will go on 1-to-1 outings to various leisure activities ( swimming, bowling, gym, cinema, Mcdonalds etc.) with young people aged 8 to 18 in the local area for a period of 1 year. They will give a young person a positive role model in their life by passing on their skills and experience, enabling them to try new experiences and simply providing them with a few hours of fun.

A victim of circumstance, your young person may have experienced social isolation, bullying, domestic abuse or neglect, parental drug and alcohol abuse, may have learning difficulties, may be a young offender, or any combination of these. By giving up just a couple of hours every week or fortnight, you could make a real difference where it is needed most. You do not need any qualifications , however we expect our volunteers to commit for a minimum of 1 year and be non-judgemental above all. 

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Frequency & Commitment: You must commit to contact with your young person on at least a fortnightly basis for a period of 12 months

Where does it happen/How do I get there?
This opportunity can be done all over Scotland.
Office based in Belshill. Your young person will be based in North Lanarkshire, however if you have travel restrictions (i.e. no access to a car), you will be matched with someone who is easy to reach. Outings can take place outside North Lanarkshire, within reason.

Group/Organisation aims: Volunteering Matters are the UK's leading volunteering organisation in policy and practice. We develop and deliver high impact volunteering programmes to people all over the UK who are most in need including;- Older people- Young people- Disabled people- Families By reaching out to these key areas of society, Volunteering Matters inspires people and changes communities.

Skills, experience, or qualifications required: Patient, Approachable & friendly, Reliable and trustworthy

Training & Support Details: 4 X 4 hour sessions

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Reference Code: VMP Ref: 6346

Last Updated: 08/06/2018

Opportunity Contact Details

Contact Name: Arlaine Barbour

Contact Address:
Volunteering Matters
Volunteering Matters
Office 2, 2nd Floor
25 Greenside Place

Contact Telephone: 01698 574 576

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