Benefits of Volunteering with us

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Volunteers in training and at social events

Benefits of Volunteering with us

  • New skills and knowledge
  • Full Training
  • Optional further training
  • Personal development

You'll get a lot from volunteering with us. We are very proud of our Quality in Befriending Excellence award, one of only a few in Scotland! It means that, as a volunteer, you are vitally important to us. We will strive to make it personally satisfying for you. We can also help you use volunteering as a stepping stone to a new career or training.

Induction Training Course with New Skills and Knowledge

Our 18-hour induction training will give you the tools and knowledge to support the family you are matched with.

We run Induction Training for Volunteers 6-8 times a year, on four consecutive Saturdays or four weekday evenings, in our office in Edinburgh. Next training courses

Travel expenses and a contribution towards the cost of childcare can be claimed for attendance at Induction Training.

We hold four volunteer social events a year, such as barbecues, quiz nights and coffee mornings, for you to meet other volunteers.

Induction training covers

  • Family structure and dynamics
  • The importance of play
  • Building relationships
  • Attitudes and values
  • The role of a Befriender
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Boundaries and confidentiality
  • Policies and guidelines
  • Personal safety
  • Child protection

Our recent volunteers said

“I thought the training was flawless.”  2013

“I’ve done Child Protection before; it’s usually very, very dull… but you made it fun!” 2014

“The training was great and made me feel welcome. I’m sure I’m in the right place.” 2013

“The best training and most enjoyable activities that I’ve attended in a long while. Thank you. Keen to come again, well worth it.” 2012

"Even though there was a lot of info to take in, I thought it was REALLY clearly explained and I now feel very informed." 2014


Further Optional Training

Volunteers are invited to other optional training events which we organise throughout the year in conjunction with other voluntary organisations. Examples of trainings include:

  • Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid
  • Play@home/PEEP
  • Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in Children
  • Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills
  • ADHD
  • Bookbug
  • Child 1st Aid


Personal development for Befrienders

When you have been volunteering with us for 6 months we will give you references, and help to prepare job applications and CVs.

Whether you're just starting out or have worked for years, new skills and experience aren't always easy to come by. Volunteering as a Befriender is an excellent way to:

  • Use and improve your existing people skills
  • Receive training in and develop communication and listening skills
  • Explore the skills needed for a career in social work, psychology and many other occupations
  • Gain valuable experience to strengthen future applications
  • Challenge yourself
  • Meet new people from different backgrounds
  • Make your CV stand out from the crowd
  • Climb your career ladder

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