Befriending project has its 20th birthday

June 1-7 is Volunteers’ Week. To mark this, Volunteering Matters North Lanarkshire Befriending Project are celebrating 20 years working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council to provide a befriending service to isolated, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the local area.
Befriending project has its 20th birthdayBefriending project has its 20th birthday
Befriending project has its 20th birthday

To mark this event the group are hosting a special open evening tomorrow (Thursday, June 6), from 5.30-7.30pm in Colville Park, Motherwell.

They will be showcasing stories from young people, volunteers and partner organisations who have all contributed in making the project a success over the past 20 years.

Volunteers work one-to-one with children in North Lanarkshire, meeting them once a week or fortnight. This could be after school, in the evening or at weekends, depending on the volunteers availability. The role is aimed at building a relationship with a young person.

These activities are seen as a ‘timeout’ for young people who often live in difficult circumstances. They often benefit from an adult befriender who they can talk to and trust, as well as providing them with a reason to get out of the house.

Befrienders are aged 18 years or over, have a spare two hours per week/fortnight and are able to commit to supporting for a minimum period of 12 months.

A spokesman said: “If you care passionately about child welfare or are looking to gain relevant experience in health, social care or education - befriend a child in North Lanarkshire today! It’s hugely rewarding.”

For further information on the project call James on 01698 574 576 or email: [email protected].

Volunteers will needa PVG disclosure which is handled and paid for by the project.