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Recruiting befrienders

THE SHETLAND Befriending Scheme is undertaking a recruitment drive for volunteers to attend training sessions in Lerwick during October and November.

After training is completed, volunteers would commit for a minimum of six months to offer weekly or fortnightly contact with a young person, young adult or someone over 60.

Training is free and includes sessions on a befriender’s role, boundaries and confidentiality, child and adult protection, and anti-discriminatory practices, to name a few.

Everyone taking part will be assessed before working with a vulnerable person one to one, with training for anyone interested in working in education or social care.

A spokeswoman said the scheme is about “positive engagement with another person – having fun, trying new and different activities, developing skills and building confidence”.

Al training and volunteering expenses are covered by the scheme.

Anyone interested in finding out more can phone 01595 743907 or email befriending@shetland.org