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Volunteering Opportunity: VO80871

  • Volunteer Befriender
    with Fife Young Carers.

    Created/last updated: 18/11/2020

    About this opportunity:Do you want to volunteer with young people in your area? Fife Young Carers (FYC) are recruiting volunteer befrienders to support young carers to access activities in their community
     •  Young carers are children and young people who in some way look after or support someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse (Getting It Right For Young Carers in Fife 2018-21)
     •  The young carers range from 8 to 25 years old
     •  Having a caring role has the potential to affect every aspect of a young person's life - emotionally, mentally, physically, and socially
     •  Volunteer befrienders enhance what Fife Young Carers offer by helping young people access social activities in their communities, build trusting relationships, and having fun along the way
     •  The charity is dedicated to raising awareness of young carers support needs, as well as providing opportunity for them to have a break from their caring role and build confidence
     •  This could be a walk along the beach, a visit to a local site or cafĂ©, or a variety of fun activities
     •  FYC provide person centred support through group and one-to-one meetings, young carer statements, and support young adult carers to move into adulthood
     •  Do you have the personality, skills, time or experience to support a young person in your community? We ask that you commit to at least 3 months volunteering with us on a weekly or fortnightly basis
    Takes place:
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Fife Young Carers will provide full training for the role, including child protection awareness, standards and values, lone safety working and first aid awareness. As a dedicated volunteer with the organisation, you will also be able to access many training opportunities, of which expenses will be met by the organisation and supported by your local volunteer.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Mileage at 45p/mile and public transport costs will be reimbursed.

    Experience required:Fife Young Carers are looking for reponsible and empathetic individuals who have excellent listening skills to engage and encourage young people to access opportunities and activities within Fife. Experience working with young people would be advantageous to this role.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsVolunteers will be required to travel to a chosen activity with the young person - a driving license is desirable but not required.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.