Family Wellbeing and Befriending Volunteer
East Renfrewshire Family Wellbeing Service

Do you have the personal qualities and time to help make a real and lasting difference to the lives of children and families in East Renfrewshire?

Help support children aged 8 and over, and their families, who have worries about their emotional health and wellbeing. By promoting positive relationships, we empower families to understand and improve their emotional wellbeing. We tailor our support to meet the needs of individual families.

What will I be doing?

Usually our volunteering is face to face but currently this is difficult to achieve in most circumstances, so contact may be online initially.

Volunteers build relationships with families in different ways including;

Family Wellbeing – helping to establish and support family play and activities or offering support and encouragement to help a parent or carer maintain their relationship with their child/ren.

Befriending – developing a 1 to 1 supportive, reliable, social relationship with a child, young person or adult by arranging weekly opportunities to experience new activities and develop interests. Befriending relationships can help build self-esteem and confidence and supports personal and social development.

Group Work – working with groups of young people, parents and children; supporting the work of Children 1st staff within group sessions.

What do I need to know?

We offer volunteers excellent support and challenging and fulfilling volunteering opportunities.

Potential volunteers complete a 7-week training course of one session each week which has been externally credit rated by Edinburgh Napier University

Volunteers are asked to commit to us on a weekly basis for at least a year

No formal qualifications are necessary and we are happy to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.

The ongoing and changing restrictions to control the coronavirus pandemic bring an unavoidable amount of uncertainty to our recruitment, training and subsequent volunteering in the coming months. We hope to commence training in March 2021 and anticipate that this will be delivered online, although we will revert to face to face if guidelines allow and we feel it’s safe to do so. We will of course keep potential volunteers up to date with any changes or adaptations we are required to make as we go along and we are looking for people who are comfortable with this flexibility. The health and safety of our volunteers is extremely important to us, so please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Job title: Family Wellbeing and Befriending Volunteer

Location: East Renfrewshire

Closing date: 02/03/2021 17:00

Interview date: It is anticipated that interviews will be held on an ongoing basis

If you have any questions or would like an informal chat about the role please email Carole Nicol, Regional Volunteer Co-ordinator at carole.nicol@children1st.org.uk.


If you would like to apply for this role please download and complete the application form, criminal convictions self-declaration and equal opportunities monitoring form and email them to volunteer@children1st.org.uk.

We welcome and encourage applications from potential volunteers of all backgrounds, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, belief, disability, who reflect our values. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the volunteering role ahead of applying, please get in touch.