supporting, developing and representing community groups,
voluntary organisations, social enterprises and volunteering

Volunteering Opportunity Details

  • Befriender
    with LINK East Fife Mental Health Befriending Project (This is not a Fife-based organisation).

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO86581 - Created/last updated: 20/09/2021


    About this opportunity:If you can spare a couple of hours per fortnight minimum and are able to volunteer for a year or more helping adults who have become isolated through mental health problems we would like to hear from you.

    You will take your befriendee out to leisure and community activities and support them to do things they may be unable to do alone. Examples have included walks, squash, a knitting group, trips to a safari park, visiting museums, taking a class in IT skills, attending support groups, golfing, and just going for coffee and a chat.

    Initial and on-going training is given and other benefits include out of pocket expenses, regular support and supervision meetings, group events, Saltire or LINK Awards, reference after 6 months.

    Takes place:Please contact us to find out when this opportunity takes place.
    Minimum age:18
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:Induction training is usually held over 2 sessions which each lasts 3 hours. Support is at least monthly and in addition the project coordinator is available by text, telephone and email at other times.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?
    Yes - Expenses of up to £65 per month paid for transport to and from befriending meetings and training, cost of any activities and light refreshments while out with the befriendee. Mileage is paid at £0.45 per mile.

    Experience required:Honest, reliable, a good listener. Experience of mental health issues desirable but NOT essential.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    We are currently looking for males to match with referrals we have that would need a positive male role model. Some maturity is also needed hence the minimum age.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; PVG membership required; References; Trial Period

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsWe will try to match you with someone close to you. We have people referred from us as close as Tayport and you can make use of having more facilities in Dundee by meeting there if your befriendee is able to.

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

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

    Please tell us what age group you are in:
    Are you looking to improve your employability prospects by volunteering?    

      You can print these opportunity details.

    Go to main volunteering opportunities page

Suggest an update/report an error/enquire about this page

Other Opportunities

Here are some shortcuts to other, similar opportunities:

Type of volunteering: Befriending / Mentoring
Opportunities which benefit Mental Health

Go to main volunteering opportunities page

What is volunteering?

Find out more about volunteering
View our introduction to volunteering page or contact us to find out more - our experts love helping people of all ages and backgrounds to become volunteers.

Register your opportunity
If you are an Organisation that would like your opportunity to be shown on our website, promoted by us, and for our staff to be aware of it when matching potential volunteers, please submit an Opportunity Registration Form,

Help and Support

Call us to arrange an appointment
Give us a call on 0800 389 6046 to arrange an appointment to chat with our staff about what opportunities are available. Meetings can be arranged outside of the office in some cases.

Register with us
Fill out our registration form and a member of staff will then get in touch with you to discuss volunteering options to suit you.

Volunteering Bulletin

If you volunteer or you're interested in volunteering then sign up for our free e-mail bulletin for volunteers - it only takes a few seconds. We send out bulletins roughly every two weeks and you can unsubscribe at any time.