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Family Befriender

Are you open minded, a good listener and positive? If so, we need you to support a family with young children. All parents need someone to talk to. They may have no friends or family to confide in. They want someone like you who they can trust to be non-judgemental about the ups and downs of family life. Your praise, encouragement and interest in their child’s development will increase their confidence in parenting.

About Home Link Family Support

Home Link Family Support is a small award winning charity that has been working in Edinburgh and Midlothian for over 30 years. Our aim is to give children a positive start in life. Our services support families to develop stable and caring home environments. Regular visits from a trained volunteer provides practical non-judgmental support, and having somebody to share concerns and discuss ideas can result in parents changing their behaviour and developing stronger relationships with their children.

Experience Required

Caring and empathetic individual who demonstrates a positive attitude and is able to form supportive relationships with others. Reliable, consistent and punctual. A good listener and able to communicate well with others. Non-judgemental and be able to put their own views aside. Able to work alone and use their own initiative and common sense but also know when to seek support. A car is useful but not essential. Knowledge of additional languages can be useful as we support a diverse group.

Training Details

Informal training held throughout the year. This is currently offered in person over 2 days.

Flexibility & Commitment

Home-Based Volunteering

We ask for at least 6 months commitment. 30 mins to 2 hrs. a week.

Location/Travel Details

Online volunteering from your home. Face to face visiting in the family's home or in outdoor places


We’ll repay any out of pocket expenses. Expenses paid by cheque or straight to your bank account, receipts required.

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