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make a difference to a young persons life

ABOUT THE ROLE

BE A

BUDDY VOLUNTEER

A Buddy is someone who, after a period of training and assessment will provide a 1:1 supportive friendship for a socially isolated young person aged between 11 & 18 who lives in South Ayrshire. This will involve meeting on a fortnightly basis for a few hours and sharing activities and time together.

WHAT DO THE BUDDY VOLUNTEERS DO

To be matched on a 1:1 basis with a young person with an additional support need

To participate in fortnightly outings with the young person

To participate where possible in monthly group outings (minimum of 4 per annum) & volunteer support sessions

To participate in regular support meetings (every 3-4 outings, lasting 30mins) and maintain effective communication with the Project

To develop and maintain positive relationship with young person

To be aware of the Project’s policies and procedures and adhere to them

To comply with Project’s administrative procedures

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

To attend and successfully complete Volunteer training course held over 4 sessions

To become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

To commit to their role for a minimum of 6 months

To be sufficiently independent to meet travel requirements, by walking, public transport or car

Be comfortable working on their own independently and in group settings

Be able to seek advice and support from their Project Worker when necessary

To be able to communicate well with others

To be non-judgemental, respecting people’s differences

To have an understanding or awareness of some issues faced by young people referred to the Project

To be able to focus on the needs of the young person

Be willing to participate in a broad range of activities

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

Newly accepted volunteers receive a five week induction training which consists of 4 x 3 hour sessions every week and a fifth session specific to understanding a variety of additional support needs. Thereafter volunteer sessions are offered on a monthly basis and comprise of a mixture of training, information and social events.

The Project Worker will maintain regular contact with Buddies, meeting with them every 6 – 8 weeks offering support, advice and guidance where necessary. This continues throughout the volunteer’s involvement with the Project.

References can be given on request.

All out of pocket expenses are re-imbursed.

01292 264000

info@bfriend.org.uk

South Ayrshire Befriending Project

4a Citadel Place

AYR

SOUTH AyrSHIRE

KA7 1JN.

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