Our volunteer types

Building Connections Service - New

Our volunteer types

Building Connections Service - New

Be part of the Building Connections Service supporting young people who are experiencing or struggling with the impact of loneliness.

Adeniyi Alade

Adeniyi Alade

Building Connections Service Head

“I am really proud to be a part of our Building Connections team. We challenge ourselves to provide a service that helps children and young people feel safe, listened to and supported. I find the passion and dedication of the people I work with inspiring.”

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Why join us?

Loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems – the two can act as a vicious cycle, with one reinforcing the other.

As one of our trained volunteer Befrienders, you will explore with a young person their strengths and vulnerabilities, current sources of support, resilience and goals, and steps they can take to help overcome feelings of loneliness.

As a Building Connections Befriender, you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • learn valuable new skills
  • be part of a friendly team of like-minded people
  • be there for children across the country
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About volunteering with Building Connections

This is a new free service and aims to support young people to respond positively to loneliness by:

  • Recognising that loneliness is a natural feeling
  • Speaking to someone about their feelings and relationships
  • Recognise that their feelings can and will change
  • Developing strategies to influence, promote and improve relationships
  • Manage expectations
  • Evaluate the quality of current relationships and look at which can be improved, and which may need to be bought to an end or managed differently

You’ll volunteer from home in a private space, after your initial training you will be matched to support young people over 11 sessions following the 7-stage practice model we will introduce to you during your training, to help the young person develop skills to manage their emotions around loneliness, build their confidence, self-esteem and support them to find new ways to cope.

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Our teams

As a volunteer Befriender, you’ll be working with young people who have been referred by a professional in their life who has identified that they would benefit from the support of the service. By giving a weekly commitment of between 2 hours over the 11-week period, you will be helping a young person feel safe, listened to, and supported.

You will receive a combination of training via online classroom in Microsoft Teams as well as online self-study modules. When you start delivering the sessions, support will be on offer by Befriending Coordinators and Team Managers. Befriending Coordinators will provide regular supervisions and group supervision sessions for learning and development.

What we’re looking for

passionate about helping children and young people

passionate about helping children and young people

creative in age-appropriate problem solving

creative in age-appropriate problem solving

great listening and communicating with young people

great listening and communicating with young people

to be patient, empathetic and perceptive

to be patient, empathetic and perceptive

to be emotionally resilient

to be emotionally resilient

to be able to motivate and build relationships with a young person

to be able to motivate and build relationships with a young person

to work well within a team

to work well within a team

Find an opportunity

 
You’ll only need to supply basic information at this stage.
 
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Create your online account
 
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Once you have registered, you’ll be invited to book yourself into a volunteer information meeting, which will explain everything you need to know about these opportunities, the training and support we provide.
 
Did you know?
Our volunteer information meetings typically last 1 hour and can be in-person or virtual. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you have too. We’ll send you the link to the application form if you decide you’d like to proceed.
 
Create your online account
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You’ll only need to supply basic
information at this stage.
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Once you have registered, you’ll be invited to book yourself into a volunteer information meeting, which will explain everything you need to know about these opportunities, the training and support we provide.
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Did you know?
Our volunteer information meetings typically last 1 hour and can be in-person or virtual. This is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you have too. We’ll send you the link to the application form if you decide you’d like to proceed.

 
Make sure you fill in all of the mandatory sections in full
 
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Login to your online account
 
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Please spend some time on the ‘Supporting Information’ section. Provide examples to evidence how your skills and experience meet our person specification, as we use ONLY this information to shortlist applicants for interviews.
 
Did you know?
We generally shortlist candidates within 1 week. If you meet our person specification, you’ll automatically be shortlisted.
 
Login to your online account
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Make sure you fill in all of the mandatory sections in full
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Please spend some time on the ‘Supporting Information’ section. Provide examples to evidence how your skills and experience meet our person specification, as we use ONLY this information to shortlist applicants for interviews.
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Did you know?
We generally shortlist candidates within 1 week. If you meet our person specification, you’ll automatically be shortlisted.

 
The interviews might be face-to-face or online.
 
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Our interview processes will mainly explore your values – and we usually do this in group interviews and occassionally at individual interviews, depending on circumstances.
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We’ll always provide feedback to all applicants following their interview, whether successful or not
 
Did you know?
You can contact our volunteer recruitment team on 0121 227 7577 or volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk if you have any questions at any stage in this process.
 
Our interview processes will mainly explore your values – and we usually do this in group interviews and occassionally at individual interviews, depending on circumstances.
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The interviews might be face-to-face or online.
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We’ll always provide feedback to all applicants following their interview, whether successful or not
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Did you know?
You can contact our volunteer recruitment team on 0121 227 7577 or volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk if you have any questions at any stage in this process.

 
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While the referencing process is taking place, we’ll regularly update you on its status
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Due to the nature of our work, it is important we complete a variety of checks and vetting procedures, which will vary with each type of opportunity.
 
Did you know?
We need to rely on third parties to complete criminal records checks, and this can cause delays outside of our control (sometimes around 6-8 weeks).
 
While the referencing process is taking place, we’ll regularly update you on its status
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Due to the nature of our work, it is important we complete a variety of checks and vetting procedures, which will vary with each type of opportunity.
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Did you know?
We need to rely on third parties to complete criminal records checks, and this can cause delays outside of our control (sometimes around 6-8 weeks).

 
Your manager or supervisor will be in touch soon with next steps. We're really looking forward to having you as part of the team!
 
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Our volunteer recruitment team will get back to you directly to confirm that all of the checks have been completed.
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You’ll receive an induction email – with a welcome message from our CEO, information on what to expect and your team. This is when you’ll also start your training programme with us, which usually lasts 12 weeks.
 
Did you know?
Once you start, we’ll email you with a link to our Volunteers Hub so you can join our community.
 
Our volunteer recruitment team will get back to you directly to confirm that all of the checks have been completed.
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Your manager or supervisor will be in touch soon with next steps. We're really looking forward to having you as part of the team!
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You’ll receive an induction email – with a welcome message from our CEO, information on what to expect and your team. This is when you’ll also start your training programme with us, which usually lasts 12 weeks.
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Did you know?
Once you start, we’ll email you with a link to our Volunteers Hub so you can join our community.

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Find opportunities near you

Have a look at our open opportunities near where you live:

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