Become a volunteer befriender

We match volunteer befrienders with young people aged 16-25 who are making the transition from living in supported accommodation to managing their own tenancy and living independently. 

Many of the young people we work with have been affected by homelessness, family breakdowns, mental health problems, neglect or drug and alcohol-related issues.

Befrienders and young people meet once a week to take part in activities (for example, meet in a cafe for hot chocolate, visit an art gallery, etc.). There may be particular activities that the young person would like to take part in, but we also encourage volunteer befrienders to introduce ideas for new activities when appropriate.

The volunteer befriender and young person can meet weekly for up to six months.

Impact

The emotional and social support a volunteer befriender provides can help a young person feel more comfortable and confident during what can be a difficult transition from supported accommodation to a private tenancy. 

By supporting a young person to achieve personal goals and make connections in their local community, a volunteer befriender can also increase the chances of a young person living an independent and fulfilling life in the long-term.

There is also potential to encourage a young person to access education or employment opportunities.

How we will support you

We will provide quality training before you are matched with a young person, so you feel completely ready for your new role.

During the match, a dedicated member of Move On staff will be available to provide you and the young person with ongoing support.

Expenses will also be provided, so you’re not out-of-pocket for any activities, etc.

Contact

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer befriender, please contact Rachel on rachel@moveon.org.uk or 0131 558 3740.