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As a befriender you will support a service user to participate in social activities in the community. The range of social activities will vary from person to person and would typically involve afternoons or evenings out for 1-3 hours at a time. A befriender is a very rewarding voluntary position and is often plays a vital role in increasing a service user’s levels of confidence and self esteem

About Autism Initiatives Scotland

Autism Initiatives aims to: Respond where possible to the needs of individuals with ASD by developing meaningful dialogue with commissioners and parents; Develop and manage services distinguished by their excellence in their individualised understanding of the Autistic Spectrum, statutory requirements and accountability. In Scotland, Autism Initiatives manages Number 6, a one-stop shop for adults with high functioning autism or Aspergers Syndrome living in the Lothians. Autism Initiatives is a UK charity with a Scottish office.

Experience Required

Patience, tolerance and a non judgmental attitude are key. The ability to work independently for set periods of time. Honest and reliable, a willingness to learn. A knowledge of Autism is desirable but no essential as full training will be given.

Training Details

The volunteer co-ordinator will provide a thorough induction and all relevant training. The volunteer co-ordinator will meet with you regularly to discuss your volunteering and any successes or problems.

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time

Minimum 1 year commitment. 1-3 hours befriending session. The frequency that you will meet up with someone will be agreed at outset.

Location/Travel Details

In and around Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian.


Travel and activity expenses will be paid.

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer