Befriending & Mentoring Service



Strathmore Business Centre, Hopetoun Gate, 8B McDonald Road, EDINBURGH, EH7 4LZ
0131 523 1322
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Young People (16-25), Primary School (5-12), Secondary School (13-15)
What age range is it suitable for?
4 - 12, 13 - 16, 17 - 25


Strathmore Business Centre, Hopetoun Gate, 8B McDonald Road, EDINBURGH, EH7 4LZ
0131 523 1322




Befriending and Mentoring Service (for children and young people up to 18 years of age)

Over the past 5 years we developed and delivered a range of Befriending services to young people up to 18 years of age who were isolated as a result of a disability or mental health issue.

Delivered within our family support service, this focusses on working with young people with disabilities to help them identify and achieve the personal goals they have identified.

A worker / volunteer will be matched with the young person, meeting up together on a regular basis for 3 or 4 hours. Together they will plan how they will spend their time each session and what is required to enable the young person to become more independant and be able to access activity and go places that interest them.

The service is also available for siblings of children and young people with disability who may benefit from 1:1 time away from the family home to do things they enjoy on a regular basis.

Befriending and mentoring is focussed on helping children achieve their goals and is time limited to a maximum of 80 hours per child.

Our befriending services helped young people to:

- Take increased responsibility
- Have an improved sense of well-being and self-worth
- Develop life skills and confidence
- Gain better access to the community
- Build healthy, positive relationships with others

Our Befriending service has been awarded the Approved Provider Standard by Befriending Network Scotland, which is given to projects that have safe and effective practices.

About the Service...

What is a Befriender?

A befriender is a volunteer who is specially matched to you, to do things with you that you want to do and would find difficult to do on your own. This can include attending a course, doing a fun sports activity, going to the museums, walking in the Pentlands, going to a cafe or just talking.

How often do I meet them?

You agree when to meet your volunteer befriender, usually once a week or fortnight.

Who are the Volunteer Befrienders?

All of the Befrienders are aged 18 and over with a wide range of skills, experience and interests.

How are Volunteer Befrienders Selected ?

Our volunteer befrienders go through a rigorous interview and selection process. They must provide 2 satisfactory references, a medical reference and be a scheme member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG). After completing induction training they receive on-going 1:1 support from the Befriending Co-ordinator.

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