Befrienders is a
voluntary organisation which has been working with children and young people
and their families in Argyll and Bute since 1989.
The members of
our Management Committee have a shared wealth of experience in working with
children and their families throughout Argyll. They meet every six weeks
to oversee and guide the project. The Management Committee is also
involved in fundraising for the Project.
Our Chairperson is Douglas Whyte.
Our Project Director,
Cathi Bertin, has been involved with Befrienders for almost thirty years.
Cathi manages all aspects of the Project. Cathi is assisted by
Margaret Soudan, our Project Worker and our Support Worker, Pete Laws who is based in Helensburgh. Russell Anderson is our volunteer
We have volunteer
befrienders throughout Argyll and Bute. Each befriending relationship has
its own particular way of working and will last for months or years as
necessary. Some will meet on a weekly basis, some once or twice a
month. Some will pursue a hobby or an interest, some will visit the
befriender's house and some will go on outings. Befrienders is not about
"treats" but more about encouraging and supporting friendships
between the volunteer and child or young person.
which develops between the volunteer and the child or young person is the key
and can help the child or young person gain in confidence and have a more
positive self-image. The activities which the volunteer and the child or
young person may do in the process of the friendship are often just vehicles to
build up confidence and trust.
We are always in
need of volunteer befrienders. If you are interested and would like to
know more, please contact Cathi.