Handing a child a leaf


Our volunteers receive thorough training and are fully supported by Project Workers. Volunteering can help you gain new skills for your career development and is great experience if you want to work with children and families.

Some volunteers just do a year with us, some have worked with us for a long time.  Their reasons for volunteering vary:

  • To get new experience to apply for jobs
  • For hands on experience to compliment a course such as Psychology or Social Work
  • To dip a toe in this area to decide if it might be a career
  • To give something back
  • To maintain contact with small children
  • Because they can remember how hard parenting was in the early years.
  • Just because they want to help and get personal satisfaction.

Video: click here to Watch our volunteers and families talking about what they do

Dates for the training courses click here

Types of Volunteer

We need:

  • Volunteer Board Members
  • Volunteers to visit families at home
  • Office volunteers (no current vacancies)

Am I eligible to be a volunteer befriender?

  • Can you spare 2 hours a week
  • Are you reliable
  • Are you caring and non-judgemental
  • Are you a good listener
  • Are you  able to maintain confidentiality
  • Have you got some understanding of the ups and downs of family life
  • Are you over 18

Then yes, please get in touch we'd love to hear from you.

How much of your time do we need?

  • Midlothian volunteers visit famiies for 2 hrs a week for 6 months
  • Edinburgh volunteers visit families for 2 hrs a week for up to 12 months


Faqs about volunteering with us click here