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Art and Mental Health Befriender

This role is for someone who has an interest, talent or understanding in Art who can then use this to support our Community Alcohol Related Damage service to communicate their experiences through our Art Project.
This would involve meeting with individuals one to one and joiining in our work with the National Galleries Scotland at our monthly sessions with Artist in Residence Samantha Rutherford.

About Rowan Alba

Rowan Alba Limited is a charity set up to work with people who are at risk of becoming homeless. We believe that all individuals have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and offer support in a person centred way, with the individual actively involved in planning their care. We work with older homeless men and women in our supported accommodation and individuals in the community who are having difficulty sustaining their current accommodation. Many of our service users would benefit from more social contact and just having someone to talk to could make a big difference to them.

Experience Required

Good Listening skills Interest in People Basic confidence in Art Non judgmental

Training Details

Induction training via zoom. Lots of information in interview with service staff and or Artist. Shadow visits with key staff to do introductions and support along the way to understand and widen knowledge of basic induction training Boundaries, health and safety, confidentiality etc

Flexibility & Commitment


2.5 hours per week or fornight for at least 6 - 9 months

Location/Travel Details

One to one sessions will mainly take place in the clients own home. Full risk assessments and matching processes are undertaken by the charity prior to any lone working. Sessions also take place at the National Portrait Gallery, Botanical Gardens and on one to one sessions in and around Edinburgh


Emails expense form with copy of receipts and then paid in to bank account

Accessibility Details

  • Happy to have a conversation about volunteer’s needs