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Space at Youth Befriending provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 5-16 though supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience for children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. The befriender is there to encourage the young person to explore new activities and interests. Befriending can help to build the young person’s confidence and self esteem, improve social skills and support them to access opportunities locally and throughout Edinburgh. We have been successfully delivering our Service in the South West area and now have secured funding to develop Youth Befriending city wide.

About Space@The Broomhouse Hub

Space @ The Broomhouse Hub is a Scottish Award nominated Charity organisation delivering diverse services supporting young people, families, older people, and carers – amongst others – engaging with local people more than 34,000 times last year. More than 30 years on, with a new community hub building and still with local community groups and trustees at its core, Space continues working to improve the happiness, mood & mental well-being of our community members, enhancing physical health, and developing skills & job opportunities, whilst growing the confidence of the residents of our area and beyond in South West Edinburgh. We do this by nurturing, supporting, and inspiring people of all ages so that lives are fuller, the potential is fulfilled and community connections flourish.

Experience Required

No experience necessary- the qualities we are looking for in a befriender are someone who is kind, caring, compassionate and a positive role model for children and young people.

Training Details

One full days training will be held at Space Broomhouse Hub covering a range of topics relevant to the befriending role. Once training is completed all befrienders will be supported by an allocated Project Worker.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

2 to 3 hours per week for a minimum period of 12 months.

Location/Travel Details

The Youth befriending Service is Citywide - our office/resource centre is based at the Space Broomhouse Hub EH11 3RH.


We provide cover for all travel expenses and a monthly activity budget for the duration of the befriending sessions.

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet