Becoming a Befriender

Volunteer With Us

Could you volunteer to befriend a young person aged 5 to 16 years who has been affected by parental drug and alcohol use? Spending positive time on a one-to-one basis, having fun, listening, helping to build their self-confidence and opening up new opportunities for the young person over a year?

We are looking to recruit both male and female volunteers (aged over 18 years old) who can commit to 2-3 hrs a week (outside of school hours) for one year to befriend a young person. You will be expected to give one year’s commitment to the project to provide continuity for the young person.

Comprehensive training is provided by the Youth Befriending Team and aims to prepare volunteers fully for their befriending role. Training takes place one evening a week (6-8.30pm) for four weeks.

Once you have completed your training, you will have the support of a full-time Project Worker.  At this point, you will meet to discuss the matching process.

Out of pocket expenses are reimbursed for travelling and activities.

To apply, please complete the  Volunteer Application Form and email to: or post you application form to Amanda Farquhar, Project Manager Youth Befriending, The Broomhouse Centre, 79-89 Broomhouse Crescent, Edinburgh, EH11 3RH.

Once we have received your application, we will be in contact with you to discuss the next steps.

If you wish to discuss volunteer befriending then contact Amanda on 0131 455 7731 or email


Volunteer Application Form

Guidance notes for Volunteer Application Form