What is the role?
Who are they?
What can I gain?
When can I volunteer?
A befriender is an adult volunteer who, after a period of training and assessment will provide a 1:1 supportive friendship for a socially isolated young person aged between 8 and 18 who lives in South Ayrshire. This will involve meeting on a fortnightly basis for a few hours and sharing activities and time together for a minimum of 6 months.
To be matched on a 1:1 basis with a young person
To participate in fortnightly outings with the young person
To participate where possible in monthly group outings & volunteer support sessions
To participate in regular support meetings (every 3-4 outings, lasting approx 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
Undertake refresher/further training as and when required
South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) is a small locally run charity based in Ayr, which was established in 1996 and supports vulnerable young people across South Ayrshire (aged 8 – 18), providing them with 1:1 befriending relationships, helping to build confidence and self-esteem and access activities in the community or develop a particular interest.
All of the young people referred to SABP have limited opportunities and face extreme difficulties in their lives. For the majority this will result in low confidence and self esteem which will prevent them from reaching their full potential and contributing positively within their own homes, school or local communities.
SABP’s main outcome is to reduce this social isolation and increase the young people’s self esteem and confidence, enabling them to make positive choices and participate successfully in their social and educational communities.
SABP is now supporting more young people than ever before and this would not be possible without our volunteers, whose support and commitment to the young people is invaluable. If you would like to give something back to the community and can spare 2-3 hours once a fortnight please get in touch.
Volunteers with SABP have a lot of fun and gain satisfaction from sharing their time and experience with someone who needs them. We offer training programmes throughout the year and cover all expenses.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT:
12 hour induction training