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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Volunteer befriender

Why we want you:
Barnardo's protects, supports and nurtures the UK's most vulnerable children. Barnardo's helps bring out the best in children – no matter who they are or what they have been through. Our volunteers help make this happen.

What you will be doing:

  • Building positive relationships with children and young people by meeting with them regularly on a one-to-one basis.

  • Encouraging children and young people to access resources, groups and activities within their local community, such as after school activities, youth groups, and sports clubs.

  • Promoting and encouraging service users to make active choices and informed decisions.

  • Accompanying children and young people to attend meetings or attending on their behalf.

  • Providing emotional/moral support for children and young people, while maintaining an appropriate volunteer/service user rapport.

  • Adhering to Barnardo's policies and procedures at all times, including Barnardo's: Safeguarding; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Health & Safety; Data Protection; Confidentiality; Recording policies and procedures.

  • Participating fully in training and supervision.

  • Volunteering within Barnardo's Basis and Values.

Experience required

The skills you need
Reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
Approachable and welcoming.
Being passionate about making a difference in the lives of children, young
people and families.
Being non-judgmental and positive in their attitude to working with
individuals from different backgrounds.
Good listening and communication skills.
The ability to manage and respond positively to challenging situations.

Travel details

If you drive you can use your own car with business insurance or use public transport which you will be reimbursed for.

Travel expenses

All out of pocket expenses are paid by Barnardos

Training details

What's in it for you:

  • Full induction and training.

  • Other training opportunities relevant to the volunteer role.

  • Regular supervision and support.

  • Out of pocket expenses agreed in advance.

  • Access to the Barnardo’s internal vacancy listing.

  • Our volunteers tell us about lots of other benefits of volunteering including; experience of working with children, young people and families; experience for your CV; supporting your local community; meeting new people; increasing self-confidence; feeling like you are making a difference; improving your health and wellbeing; and a chance to contribute to a worthwhile children’s charity.


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
We ask for a 12 months commitment

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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