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Big Hearts Befrienders

Big Hearts Befrienders provides one-to-one befriending for children and young people aged 7-14 in kinship care, through supporting them to learn new skills and provide a social experience. Through the befriending relationship the child / young person and the befriender may touch on topics such as increasing self-esteem; dealing with worries; respect for others, with the main aim of building a trusting and reliable relationship with an adult and working towards set outcomes.

About Big Hearts Community Trust

Big Hearts Community Trust is an independent charity working in partnership with Heart of Midlothian Football Club to deliver community based activities. The trust has three full time, and one part time staff member. Our main project areas are: 1. Kinship Care ? comprehensive support package for families in Edinburgh, including training sessions for carers and an after school club. 2. Big Hearts Supporters ? a unique fan engagement project, designed to encourage fans of the club to become volunteers. 3. Football Memories ? a support group for those with a dementia diagnosis, using reminiscence tools at Tynecastle. 4. Big Hearts Befrienders ? a befriending project for Hearts fans to support kinship care young people through 1-1 engagement.

Experience Required

No qualifications are necessary, as full volunteer training will be provided, Experience of spending time with children and young people is desirable, Some knowledge of the current issues affecting children and young people and their families, Good communication skills with children, young people and families

Training Details

Training takes place over four evenings, roughly 9 hours in total.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

Minimum commitment is one time slot a week from the following, Mon-Thurs 4pm-8:30pm, Fri 1pm-4pm or Sat 11am-3pm.

Location/Travel Details

Anywhere in Edinburgh


Travel expenses are paid monthly

Accessibility Details

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