Volunteer Befrienders needed

Friday, 13 March, 2020

Do you have what it takes to help make a positive difference in a young person's life by volunteering as a Befriender?

East Dunbartonshire Young Persons Befriending Scheme is looking for responsible adults who have the time to help those aged from eight to 18 who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Volunteers are asked to spend four hours of their time every two weeks for at least one year. You will be provided with training, ongoing support, and expenses will be paid.

Volunteers befriend young people on a one-to-one basis and go with them on outings in the community, for a bite to eat, to do sports, go to the cinema, or even just a walk and a chat once every few weeks. The aim is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of the young person and to be someone they can trust.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care partnerships Interim Chief Officer Caroline Sinclair, said, "The scheme gives people the chance to help children and young people who would benefit from spending quality time with a stable and positive adult.

"There are many young people who experience problems at home, at school or in their communities that make their lives difficult or stressful. As a befriender, you could help make a difference by encouraging, listening and supporting them.

"The people most suited to befriending are those who are interested in young people, are good listeners, are reliable and have four hours to commit every two weeks. Childcare experience is not required. It's more about who you are than what you've done."

Over 20 approved Befrienders already take part in the scheme, which has been running since 1998 and has helped numerous young people across East Dunbartonshire.

If you interested and would like to find out more about Befriending, please contact us on 0141 777 3000 or Sally on 07901 510105 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday).

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