Befriend a Child
Befriend a Child helps children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances by providing services that Increase confidence and self-esteem, reduce social isolation, develop new life skills and interests and reduce exposure to drug and alcohol use and domestic violence in the family home.
The support from Crerar Trust has allowed for a new Mentor Development Manager in Aberdeenshire that will enable the development of a new mentoring scheme.
Befriend a Child works to support children and young people growing up in difficult life circumstances across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to develop into confident adults and achieve their full potential.
Key objectives for the children and young people supported by the service are:
- Increase confident and self-esteem
- Reduce social isolation
- Develop new life skills and interests
- Reduce exposure to drug and alcohol use and domestic violence in the family home
Befriend a Child supports children and young people, aged 4 ½ - 16, who may be facing a number of challenges in life, ranging from isolation, drug and alcohol misuse in the home, violence, bereavement and the breakup of relationships. In addition, some of the children have physical and/or learning difficulties.
Each child referred to the service is matched with a positive adult role model, the Volunteer Befriender, who meets with them on a fortnightly basis, for two to three hours at a time, and for a minimum of 12 months, to engage in a range of fun, everyday activities which most people would take for granted, but which home circumstances mean are not realistically available to these youngsters. As well as introducing them to new activities and experiences, they offer friendship and non-judgemental support, which can build confidence and open their eyes to a new way of life; thus, laying the foundation for a responsible and independent adulthood.
The new mentoring scheme made possible by Crerar Trust will focus on:
- Re-engagement in education
- Working towards further education and/or vocational training
- Building confidence and resilience
The organisation is best placed to run a Mentoring Scheme as it will be a natural progression from their existing befriending service, enabling them to capitalise on our existing frameworks, including monitoring and evaluation.