South Ayrshire Befriending Project Tuesday 26th May
The South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) is a small locally run charity based in Ayr, which was established in 1996 when the need for a befriending service for young people aged between 8 and 18 years old with social or emotional difficulties within South Ayrshire was identified. SABP also extends to young people with learning difficulties or a diagnosed medical condition through their “Buddies Project”.
Faye McCluskie and Elaine Rennix continued by detailing the numbers involved. Around 50 young people each year are supported through the provision of 1:1 befriending and group activities. Faye said they aim to to achieve individual outcomes for the young people they support, including reduction in isolation, increased confidence, resilience and self esteem. Many of these vulnerable youngsters are referred from Social Work, health professionals, voluntary agencies etc with the reasons being drug/alcohol abuse, problems at home/school or mental health issues. All befrienders are volunteers whose personal specifications include being non judgemental and respecting people’s differences. They will also attend and successfully complete a 12 hour Volunteer training course held over 4 sessions. The vote of thanks was given by Harry Peters.