Befrienders needed to support Edinburgh’s young people

Fiona Yeats Befriending service

Space for Youth Befriending is launching a new appeal for volunteers to support disadvantaged young people across Edinburgh. Space @ The Broomhouse Hub is expanding their youth befriending service across the city and calling for volunteer befrienders to help children and young people aged 5 to 16.

The befriending service has been operating in Broomhouse and the South West for over 10 years. It is totally unique and helps children to build their confidence and self-esteem. The charity is seeking volunteers over 18 who can be a positive role model, are adaptable and able to lend a supportive ear. Full training is provided by Space for Youth Befriending staff with all befrienders receiving ongoing support from a dedicated Project Worker.

Nicola Campbell, Youth Befriending Services Manager, said:

Over the past decade we have helped hundreds of children and young people increase their confidence, engage in school and build positive relationships with others.

Our service provides two hours of support a week where the children and young people get the opportunity to explore new places and engage in a variety of fun activities.

In the last year many young people engaging in the service have shown improvements in their emotional health, education and engaging in their local community.

Following investment by the Scottish Government Drug and Alcohol Fund, and The Scotch Whisky Action Fund the charity is now rolling out the project across Edinburgh.

Nicola added:

If you have a few hours a week to spare to help a young person realise their potential then we would love to hear from you. Our volunteers come from many different walks of life and bring with them a variety of knowledge and skills.

Befriending is a very rewarding experience for both the volunteer and young person.

Douglas Meikle, Head of Alcohol Policy at the Scotch Whisky Association said:

The Scotch Whisky Action Fund is pleased to be supporting Youth Befriending at Space and the important work that they are doing to tackle the impacts of alcohol harm. The combined funding, alongside an increased drive for volunteers, will help ensure that the Befriending project and its lasting impact in communities can be felt across the city.

For more information on Befriending, please see the Space @ The Broomhouse Hub website www. or email

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