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Volunteer befrienders - making a difference while gaining rewarding experience  112

If you are looking for really rewarding volunteering, we'd love to hear from you.

We have three different volunteering roles. If you don't know which one would suit you best, get in touch and we can talk you through it.

We need people who:

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

Want to apply? Use the application form on this website. Next training dates. You can ask us to send you more detailed information Contact us

Different Befriending Roles

The Family Support Service

Edinburgh & Midlothian Volunteer Befrienders are carefully matched with a family to offer emotional and practical support in the family's own home. They then visit the family every week for two hours for a year.

Every family is different but most are feeling lonely and isolated. They need someone to really listen to them, help them get out for some fun and get more connected to their local community. The reliable, undemanding support of a Befriender can make a real difference to the whole family. All our volunteers get full expenses, a thorough training course and regular supportive meetings with a Co-ordinator. We have Volunteer Training courses four times a year. More info

Antenatal Service

Taking place in Edinburgh only, Home Link Family Support's Antenatal Service offers support to families who are expecting a baby which may be at risk. Sometimes these parents may struggle to establish positive attachment with their baby and may find it difficult to provide a safe and nurturing environment.

Our volunteers work with the parents and other significant people in their lives. Together, they create a support plan designed to build on their strengths and identify areas where support is needed.

We need volunteers with some experience of childcare, nursing, caring or parenting. If you are a looking for a more challenging but very rewarding volunteering opportunity and could commit two-three hours a week for at least nine months, this could be just what you are looking for. More info

Young Parents' Support Service in Midlothian

Taking place in Midlothian only, this service focuses on parents under 30 witjha chil of three or under. The befriending takes place in the family home for a few hours a week and will last for about 18 months, fully supported by a Co-ordinator. 

Volunteers will need to be caring, reassuring and encouraging to these vulnerable young parents who may be leading quite chaotic lives with little or no wider family support. More info

What do volunteer befrienders do?  

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