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Befriending & Mentoring

You will be matched with a child/young person ( 6 to 18 years ) who has additional support needs e.g. Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s or their siblings. Spending regular 1:1 time with you, weekly or fortnightly for 3 or 4 hours, they will become more confident and have fun in the process. You will develop a positive and trusting relationship with the child you are matched with, encouraging and enabling them to go to places and try new things that interest them with you.

About Firsthand Lothian

1:1 support - doing activities with children both at home & local community which provides regular respite for parent/carers. You will build children’s confidence & social skills & you will both have fun in the process. You can work alongside experienced staff if you want to gain experience in child care.

Experience Required

Must be good listener with an ability to build positive and equal relationships with children and young people. They must be reliable,punctual and patient and have a real desire to enable children and young people develop new skills and confidence. An ability to use their own initiative.

Training Details

Induction training is delivered to small groups( 6-8 people) over 2 x 3.5 hr. sessions ( usually over 2 consecutive Saturday mornings ) at our McDonald Road office. Also Certificated First Aid & Food Hygiene & Infection control and Autism Awareness and other specific training delivered over the year.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

3-4 hours weekly or fortnightly

Location/Travel Details

Across Edinburgh - in the family home and in the local community and at venues where activitiy that young person wants to to participate/become involved.


Travel expenses and any expenses incurred when spending time with the child/ young person, providing it has been agreed in advance, are paid on receipt of expenses claim and receipts.

Accessibility Details

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