Youth Befriending

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The Youth Befriending Project

The project was established in 2002 as a direct result of anti-social behaviour of young people in the area who were not group ready, not accessing any other service and in need of one-to-one support. The project  provides a befriending service within the South West of Edinburgh for 40 young people aged  5-16 year old who are affected by their parental substance misuse.

At present the current waiting time for a volunteer befriender is approximately 6-9 months. Young people who are referred to the befriending project have been referred by social worker, teacher, health professionals, housing department, or other voluntary organisations.

Parental substance misuse can impact and effect young people in many ways such as:

  • Being bullied
  • Lack of supportive adults within the family
  • Concern for the young person’s physical, emotional, educational or social welfare
  • Not coping within the school setting
  • Becoming a Young Carer
  • Isolation
  • Abuse or neglect

QiB Excellence

The Youth Befriending Project obtained Quality in Befriending Excellence Award from Befriending Networks  in 2012. In April 2019 the project was re-assessed and again awarded Quality in Befriending Award at Excellence.

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Aims and Objectives

The Youth Befriending Project Aims to:

Improving the life chances of children and young people affected by parental drug and alcohol use.

Our Key Objectives are to:

  • Offer children and young people who are affected by parental substance misuse the opportunity to engage in a trusting, supportive relationship with a reliable consistent adult volunteer.
  • Provide a child or young person with a positive role model.
  • Enable children and young people to do things that they would not normally do on their own.
  • Improve the life opportunity and chances of children and young people in making positive life choices.
  • Encourage young people to engage in positive use of their leisure time.

Our Key Outcomes are to:

  • Improve the emotional health of Children and Young People
  • Increase the resilience of children and young people
  • Help children and young people become more engaged in education
  • Help children and young people to be more active within the community
  • Help children and young people develop a wider social network

Who We Network With

The Youth Befriending Project networks with the following:

Befriending Networks
Edinburgh Drugs and Alcohol Project (EDAP)
City of Edinburgh- Community Learning and Development
City of Edinburgh Council- Health and Social Care Department
Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland Partnership in Drugs Initiative
Youth Providers Agencies
School Around the Cluster
Circle, part of the Harbour Project
NHS, Carers Support Team                                                                                                                   Volunteer Edinburgh

To contact our Youth Befriending Service please call Amanda Farquhar on 07927 558249 or email


The project is currently funded by: