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Family Support Volunteer

If you want to gain experience in childcare or disability then this role is the one for you! You will be matched with a child or young person who you will meet with on a regular basis spending 1:1 time with them, having fun whilst doing things and going places that they enjoy. Many parents are isolated and have no family living locally or friends who they can ask to help them out in times of need. Families with child/ren with a disability struggle to have any time away from their caring role.

About Firsthand Lothian

We work holistically, providing tailored 1:1 support, to meet the needs of both children and parent/carers families across Edinburgh. There are 2 Volunteering roles, one involves helping children and the other helping isolated parent / carers. Volunteers are matched 1:1 with children, meeting weekly and doing activities with them in their local community that are fun and build their confidence and social skills. Volunteers can also become a “Buddy” to an isolated parent / carer – spending 1:1 time with them once a week, exploring and engaging in local activities etc

Experience Required

You should have a warm, friendly, adaptable and caring approach. A good listener, open, non-judgemental, reliable, honest with the ability to engage and play with children is also required.

Training Details

Before being matched with a child / young person you must attend our Induction Training (2 sessions of 3 hours)Other training relevant to your role is delivered over the year. All training is being delivered via ZOOM to small groups of 3-4 Volunteers on days / times that suit the group.

Flexibility & Commitment

Term Time

3-4 hours weekly on Friday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday for a minimum of 6 months to help a child to achieve their goals.

Location/Travel Details

We work with families across the whole of Edinburgh. The volunteering activity takes place in the local community.


We pay all out of pocket expenses for activities, agreed in advance with the co-ordinator. Travel expenses paid.

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