Become a volunteer

Family Friends’ volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and they are selected for their qualities of warmth, empathy and understanding.

Volunteering

Join Our Compassionate Volunteer Community!

Family Friends welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody qualities of warmth, empathy, and understanding. Our volunteers undergo comprehensive training and leverage their life experiences and dedication to transform into supportive friends or Big Buddies.

What We Offer:
- Rewarding Experience: Discover profound fulfillment while making a tangible impact in the lives of families.
- Skill Development: Gain valuable new skills that enrich your personal and professional growth.
- Career Boost: Many of our volunteers use their experience with us to advance their careers.
 

What We Ask of You:
- Dedicate 2 hours of your time weekly or fortnightly.
- Commit for 6-12 months.
- Be a compassionate listener without judgment.
- Possess good IT skills and access to a computer.
- Demonstrate reliability.
- Be 18+ years of age.
- Have resided in the UK for the last 2 years.

In Return, We Provide:
- Full induction training and ongoing support.
- Weekly supervision and guidance.
- Opportunities to acquire new skills.
- References after 6 months of commitment.
- Reimbursement of travel and project expenses.

"I am certainly more aware of the difficulties for many in our society, and I feel I have more empathy with families in difficulty." - Hugh

About the Families We Support:
Our families often confront challenges such as poverty, inadequate housing, health issues, social isolation, and more. Many have family members with disabilities, and children may face social exclusion or behavioral problems. We work to reconnect families with resources and provide vital support.

Volunteer Time Commitment:
Volunteers meet with families or young individuals weekly or fortnightly in various community settings. We seek a minimum commitment of six months from our Big Buddies and Family Befrienders. Before matching, volunteers undergo interviews and two days of training. Once matched, they provide feedback and receive supervision weekly, ensuring a rewarding and successful journey.

Join us in making a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most!

“I have learnt many things from this experience including becoming more resilient, not giving up, being more creative and learning to have more patience with myself and others” - Nishamani, Volunteer