Becoming a young person's befriender

FAQ’s

Why is the training course important and what will it cover?

It’s really important that all our volunteers take part in the full training course. This ensures that you have a good understanding of the Project, how Befriending works and what being matched to a young person involves. The training course gives you a chance to see if Befriending is for you, and gives Hannah and Morgan a chance to get to know you better so that they can better tailor your match to you.

How many sessions is the training?

The training usually takes place over 2 Saturdays from 10am-4pm, separated by a fortnight. However this can be adapted depending on the availability of the volunteers, so could instead take place over 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings, for example.

How long will it take me to become matched to a young person?

Matching Befrienders to our young people can be a complicated process, as we take into account personalities, hobbies, likes and dislikes, but we also have to juggle practicalities like geography, availability and transport. We anticipate that once a volunteer has begun the training programme, they will be matched within 2 months. This can however take longer as it can take a little time to get the right match for each volunteer.

What if I don’t enjoy it or we don’t get on with each other?

It is so important that you enjoy your time Befriending. This doesn’t mean that you won’t have the odd challenging session or period of time, but on the whole Befriending will only really work if you’re both enjoying it and feel you’re getting something out of it. So the Co-ordinators offer support throughout your match to ensure that any bumps in the road are smoothed out and that any problems are addressed.

What support will I receive?

There are two Co-ordinators who together run the Young People’s Befriending Project, Hannah & Morgan. Their role is to support all volunteers from the first time they meet with you to discuss the Project, right through the training course, through the matching process and throughout the lifetime of your match. Volunteers regularly access this support through face to face meetings, email contact and phone calls.

The Befriending Team itself acts like a family of volunteers, so all volunteers are encouraged to support each other, recommend activities to one another, meet up as pairs occasionally, and take part in the group activities that we run quarterly – trips to the cinema, visits to our friends at Skate Rumple, bubble football at the Picky and other fun activities.

As a Team we meet up bi-monthly for lunch or dinner, to support each other, get to know one another better and share ideas for our befriending activities.

Would you like to find out more?

If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer Befriender or have any questions you’d like to ask, then please get in touch with either Hannah or Morgan. You can call the office on 01856 872897 or email hannah.rendall@vaorkney.org.uk or morgan.maxton@vaorkney.org.uk

 

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