South Ayrshire Befriending Project


Volunteer Befriender / Buddy ongoing opportunity


Role Description

A befriender is an adult volunteer who, after a period of training and assessment will provide a 1:1 supportive friendship for a socially isolated young person aged between 8 and  18 who lives in South Ayrshire.  This will involve meeting on a fortnightly basis for a few hours and sharing activities and time together for a minimum of 6 months.


  • To be matched on a 1:1 basis with a young person

  • To participate in fortnightly outings with the young person

  • To participate where possible in monthly group outings & volunteer support sessions

  • To participate in regular support meetings (every 3-4 outings, lasting approx 30mins) and maintain effective communication with the Project

  • To develop and maintain positive relationship with young person

  • To be aware of the Project’s policies and procedures and adhere to them

  • To comply with Project’s administrative procedures

  • Undertake refresher/further training as and when required


About this organisation

South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) is a small locally run charity based in Ayr, which was established in 1996 and supports vulnerable young people across South Ayrshire (aged 8 – 18), providing them with 1:1 befriending relationships, helping to build confidence and self-esteem and access activities in the community or develop a particular interest.

All of the young people referred to SABP have limited opportunities and face extreme difficulties in their lives. For the majority this will result in low confidence and self esteem which will prevent them from reaching their full potential and contributing positively within their own homes, school or local communities.

SABP’s main outcome is to reduce this social isolation and increase the young people’s self esteem and confidence, enabling them to make positive choices and participate successfully in their social and educational communities. 

SABP is now supporting more young people than ever before and this would not be possible without our volunteers, whose support and commitment to the young people is invaluable. If you would like to give something back to the community and can spare 2-3 hours once a fortnight please get in touch.

Volunteers with SABP have a lot of fun and gain satisfaction from sharing their time and experience with someone who needs them. We offer training programmes throughout the year and cover all expenses.


What could you gain?


  • New volunteers undertake 12 hours of induction training and assessment period .
  • Thereafter if matched on 1:1 basis volunteer sessions are offered on a regular basis and comprise of a mixture of training, information and social events.
  • The Co-ordinators maintain regular contact with volunteers, meeting with them throughout their match every 6 – 8 weeks offering support, advice and guidance where necessary. This continues throughout the volunteer’s involvement with the Project.
  • References can be given on request following successful a 6-month commitment and fulfilment of role.
  • All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.
  • To be able to communicate well with others.



South Ayrshire


When can I volunteer?

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
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Tuesday   X X
Wednesday   X X
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Saturday X X X
Sunday X X X


Skills/Experience Required

  • To attend and successfully complete Volunteer training course held over 4 sessions
  • To become a member of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme
  • To commit to their role for a minimum of 6 months
  • To be sufficiently independent to meet travel requirements, by walking, public transport or car
  • Be comfortable working on their own independently and in group settings
  • Be able to seek advice and support from Co-ordinator when  necessary
  • To be non judgmental, respecting people’s differences
  • To have an understanding or awareness of some issues faced by young people referred to the Project
  • To be able to focus on the needs of the young person
  • Be willing to participate in a broad range of activities
  • To give sufficient notice to Co-ordinators, preferably a minimum of 3 months, if you need/wish to bring your involvement with the Project to an end
  • To be a positive adult role model

Requirements for starting the role



12 hour induction training

PVG registration



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