Volunteer and Get Involved
What do Befrienders do?
- They provide opportunities to share enjoyable activities e.g. swimming, football, cinema, coffee and a chat, walking, crafts etc.
- Befrienders make a commitment to meet a young person once a week/fortnight.
- They offer a couple of hours regularly in which to establish a beneficial relationship to a young person.
What do Befrienders Get in Return?
- The challenge of getting to know the young person.
- The reward of developing a relationship with them.
- The opportunity to meet and share experiences with other volunteers.
- All travel and out-of-pocket expenses.
One of our befrienders sums up the befriending experience wonderfully – “
As someone who has completed a few hours a week for a few years I can tell you volunteering will also make a real difference to your life.
Being a Befriender has enriched my world and certainly given me hours and hours of pleasant experiences; enabling me to interact with young people in a positive way for them and myself.
You also have fun. A win-win situation.”
How to Become a Befriender
To become a befriender you must be:
- Able to attend a structured group training programme (6 sessions x 2 hours).
- Available for a minimum of six months once the match has been set up.
- Willing to spare a few hours per week/fortnight.
- Able to supply two references.
- Willing to give permission for a PVG check.
- Able to attend basic first aid training.
If you are you interested in becoming a Befriender or assisting the project in other ways, please contact us.