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Family Befriender

EC1Y 2AJ, London (Greater)
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

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Social Care & Welfare
Part Time
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Purpose of the Role:

To befriend a parent and child by building a supportive relationship that will seek to reduce isolation for children and families. This supportive role will be with the purpose of working in partnership with the parents to promote their child’s ability to learn, play and grow. 

Tasks are to:

  • To meet a parent and child in their home to support parents with play, learning and other activities Support will be needs led as assessed by the Children and Families worker Provide companionship, friendly conversation, and a listening ear Attend induction, training, and quarterly support meetings at City Road or online Alert the Children and Families worker, or Client Support Manager to any problems, concerns, and issues beyond a befrienders’ remit Report on your activities through our use friendly App in a timely manner Work within the policy and practice framework of ScotsCare

 Qualities / skills needed:

  • Good listening, conversational skills and the ability to engage both adults and children Patience, compassion and non-judgemental Previous experience, with children and families, either personal or professional is desirable, but not essential Ability to work unsupervised, using own initiative with a flexible approach Reliable and committed to helping Scots and their children An understanding of the need to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries (training is also provided) A willingness to attend training and support sessions in person or online

 What you can expect from us:

An opportunity to be involved in a new and exciting project. A full induction, training, instruction, and ongoing support Out of pocket expenses reimbursed, social events and volunteer meetings An opportunity to meet new people, make a difference and work with a friendly team References and an opportunity to enhance your CV


ScotsCare is the trading name of The Royal Scottish Corporation, the working name of The Scottish Hospital of the Foundation of King Charles II, which was set up by successful Scotsmen to help those from their home country who had fallen on hard times.  It is the oldest Scottish charity operating outside Scotland and was granted a Royal Charter in 1665.

The charity had evolved from an earlier mutual-aid society or ‘box club’ for London Scots called the ‘Scots Box’.  This was designed to help impoverished Scots in the capital who were not entitled to Parish poor relief, and in funding the burial of poor Scots during the Plague.  From this foundation, ScotsCare evolved.

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