Appeal for befrienders

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AN appeal has been launched to find more volunteer befrienders to spend time with young people who are having difficulties in their lives and need a little extra help.

Over the last 12 years, East Dunbartonshire Council’s Young People’s Befriending Service has helped 104 young people. There are currently 25 befrienders, but more are needed.

Volunteers befriend young people on a one-to one basis and go with them on social outings to the cinema, for a bite to eat, to do sports or even just a walk and to have a chat once every few weeks.

The aim is to increase the confidence and self esteem of the young person and to be someone they can trust.

Convener of social work, Councillor Michael O’Donnell, said: “Many young people can experience problems at home, at school or in their communities that make their lives difficult or stressful.

“Befrienders can make a difference by encouraging, listening and supporting them through the rough patches.”

Volunteers will receive training and will be required to provide references, a report from their GP and go through a Disclosure Scotland inquiry. If you are over 18 and would like to find out more about ‘Befriending’, call 0141 777 3000.