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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

Essential: Open minded, good listener, positive, reliable, committed Desirable but not essential: Languages such as Arabic, Turkish. Access to a car.

Training Details

Informal training held four times a year. This is currently offered online as 6-8 weekly sessions for approximately 2 hours.

Flexibility & Commitment

Home-Based Volunteering

30 mins a week for 6 months. After Covid - 2hrs 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.

Accessibility Details

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