Volunteer Training Courses

Induction Training Course 

We are recruiting! Give us a call 0131 661 0890 or fill in an application form now!

  • The next 4 day training will be in Newington, Edinburgh on Thursdays, 10.30-3.30,  Feb 13, 20, 27, March 5.
  • Then in the next one is  April /May 2020 on Saturdays, date to be confirmed

All Volunteers take part in our 4 day induction training course, it gives you the tools and knowledge to support a famiily.

We run induction training for Volunteers 2-3 times a year, on four consecutive Saturdays or four consecutive Thursdays, in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

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

What's covered in the training?

  • 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

What do volunteers do?  for full facts on voluntering click here

Our recent Volunteers said:

“I thought the training was flawless.” 

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

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

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

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


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 Volunteers

When you have been volunteering with us for 6 months we will be able to give you references and help to prepare job applications and CVs should you need it. 

Whether you're just starting out or have worked for years, new skills and experience aren't always easy to come by. Volunteering 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