Aberdeen Priority Families


Child/Young Person Befriender

Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as Befriender.

Can you:

  • Work on a one to one basis with a primary school child aged 5+ for a full year.
  • Meet the child every fortnight, outside of school hours or at weekends for 2 hours+. 
  • Offer problem free time away from their issues, motivational support and a listening ear.
  • Engage with the child in recreational/educational and interesting activities to open the child to new experiences to build their self-confidence and self-esteem. 

 What you can expect

  • Selecting your weekly activities with the child, working within your set budget.
  • Complete plans for each session you have together and email them to your volunteer coordinator on a fortnightly basis.
  • Speak with the parent/carer when dropping child back home, focusing upon the positives of the child’s behaviour, so the child can hear good things being said about them.
  • Feedback any concerns you may have about the wellbeing of the child to your volunteer coordinator or project manager asap.
  • Attend monthly supervision sessions with your volunteer coordinator

What we can offer:

  • Gaining valuable social care experience, working with children and their families 
  • Wonderful opportunity and very beneficial for students or people looking to study and work in the social care sector.
  • Learning about how best to support children living in difficult situations, whilst being fully supported in your practice.
  • Improving your employability skills for future employment
  • Improving your confidence to work with children and their families
  • Being actively involved in your local community
  • Meeting new people, making new friends
  • Gaining a sense of pride and self-worth and feeling good about just 'giving something back'

Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.

Our Vision

Aberdeen Priority Families Service adopts a whole family approach to supporting and enabling families with multiple and complex needs to improve their life outcomes.