Family Supporter (Edinburgh)

As a Family Supporter, you will be paired with a parent or family in Edinburgh who currently faces barriers and life challenges. Your role will involve meeting the parent or family regularly, for example once per week, in the family home or in the local community. 

For individuals 18+ in Edinburgh and surrounding areas


As a Family Supporter, you will be paired with a parent or family in Edinburgh who currently faces barriers and life challenges. Your role will involve meeting the parent or family regularly, for example once per week, in the family home or in the local community.  Helping families to set and work on goals, you may provide emotional, social and practical support in a number of ways.

The families we work with choose the goals that they want to reach.  Examples may include helping a parent to become less isolated and more connected to the community, helping to develop family routines, improving health and wellbeing, support with budgeting skills or independent living skills, and so much more.

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Activities that you take part in really does depend on the individual, but we will support you as a Family Supporter every step of the way.   You will be matched with a parent/family based on shared interests and your experience, skills, and preferences. Volunteering Matters will be on hand to provide all relevant training, resources, and support, during your volunteering experience.

Find out more and register an interest in the opportunity below.

  • Please note this role is for volunteers aged 18+
  • Able and willing to commit to supporting the family on a regular basis, normally once per week, for a minimum of 6 months
  • Willing to complete our recruitment and training process which includes character references and a criminal record check
  • Be dedicated and patient, not be disappointed if there are no big changes straight away.
  • Be caring and friendly, and most importantly, be a good listener
  • Have an interest in helping people, both parents and children

  • Provide 1:1 social, emotional and practical support to a parent or family in Edinburgh
  • Spending time with the parent or family regularly, normally a few hours per week or fortnight, and building a positive, empowering and trusting relationship based on mutual respect
  • Support family members with their goals, providing help and guidance and being a friendly face and listening ear
  • Activities varies depending on the individual relationship and family goals, however full support and training will be provided

  • Patient
  • Positive, Compassionate and Caring
  • Non-judgmental
  • Personable – able to relate to parents and families

As a volunteer, you will receive:

  • Consistent help and support throughout your volunteering experience
  • All induction and ongoing training
  • All incurred volunteer expenses, including travel costs
  • The opportunity to make a difference and share your experience and skills
  • The chance to meet new people, and take part in a flexible volunteering role

Find out more about the Family Supporters Edinburgh project

Visit the project page

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