About the Organisation
North Ayrshire Carers Centre serves the needs of Carers across North Ayrshire. Carers are people whose lives are restricted by taking responsibility for the care of someone who needs help because of an illness, drug or alcohol misuse, disability or the effects of age. The 2011 census showed that 492,231 people in Scotland see themselves as Carers, and that there are around 14,000 Carers living within North Ayrshire. The centre offers information, advice, contact, help, advocacy, relaxation, regular support groups, outreach, counselling, training, information on carers assessments, 1:1 support, Young Carers support and Young Carers befriending.
List of Volunteering Opportunities and Description
Young Carers Befriending Project
Young carer support is generally delivered by way of group work; however there are times when a Young Carer may need 1:1 support and this is provided by the Young Carers Befriending Project. Volunteer befrienders are matched with Young Carers for a twelve week period of support – this may be simply time away from the Caring role for fun, someone to talk to and focus on them without constant interruption, homework support, confidence building etc.
• Between 18 and 30
• Able to commit to 2 – 3 hours per week
• Keen to gain experience of working with young people between the ages of 8 and 18
• Willing to help a Young Carer make positive changes in their life
Full training and ongoing support is provided for the Befriender.
A PVG check is required and this is carried out and funded by the Carers Centre.
Karen Hughes, North Ayrshire Carers Centre, 174 High Street, Irvine KA12 8AN
Tel: 01294 311333
Note: Please quote ‘TACT Get Connected in 2017’ when contacting the organisation.