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18 March 2019

Befrienders has been operating with children and young people since 1989. They offer a 1:1 befriending service to vulnerable children and young people aged 6-18 who live in Argyll and Bute. Across the area of benefit of Loch Fyne, Dunadd and Lochgilphead, they are serving approximately 60 beneficiaries, including volunteers who have trained to be befrienders, young people and their families.

Each befriending relationship is unique and can last for months or years. Some befrienders meet on a weekly basis, whilst others will meet once or twice a month. Some will pursue a hobby or an interest whilst some will visit at home or go an outing. What is key is that it is encouraging and supporting friendships between the volunteer and the child/young person. 

Fundraising for the group is a perennial challenge due to the unpredictability of the work, and as such they applied to the A’Cruach Community Fund to help cover salary costs of their project worker.

The project worker is an essential part of the small team; enabling them to providetailor made support and give them their young people the best possible start in life building confidence and self-esteem and happiness.

The grant will ensure continuity of service and contributes to a significantly to an important community service.

Feedback from the young people who have used Befrienders is positive; commenting that without their support they would not have the confidence or selfbelief to go on and be successful.

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