bfriends North Ayrshire
Young people need to have someone they can count on when they are having a hard time but sometimes there is no one for them to talk to.
bfriends volunteers provide friendship and support for children and young people who are experiencing difficulties at home, at school or in the community. Our aim is to help build young people's self-confidence and self-esteem, and to open up opportunities for personal and social development.
Our volunteer befrienders are trained and supported to work with children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Volunteers are matched on a one-to-one basis with children and young people whose support networks have been eroded because of changes in their family.
Together, they can try out new experiences designed to broaden the young person's horizons. As they get to know each other and develop a good relationship, the child or young person can have fun and have a break from their everyday lives.
Referrals are accepted from children and young people aged 5 to 12 who face a range of disadvantages in the North Ayrshire community.