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Befriending Project Coordinator, Fife (Adults/Older Peoples Project)

  • Part time
  • £22,765 – £25,349 pro-rata
  • Home-based in Fife
  • Closing 24th January 2022

  • Advertised from 10th January 2022
  • 21 core hours per week (additional hours may be available subject to funding) Fixed term initially until Dec 2022. This post is funded by a recurring annual grant, subject to meeting funder objectives.
  • Pension, expenses, 25 days annual leave and 12 days public holidays per year (pro rata)


We seek a part-time Befriending Coordinator to market and deliver our well-established befriending service in the Fife area to adults and older people who are socially isolated, lonely or disconnected as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances.

The successful applicant will be committed to:

1) Engaging and supporting disabled adults and older people to overcome key barriers to participation.

2) Coordinating a range of befriending activities which connect people with communities to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

3) Being an active member of the Lead Scotland team as we seek to expand and develop our befriending services.

You will be responsible for:

1) Provision of a befriending service for disabled adults and older people to agreed targets.

2) Recruiting, supporting and developing a bank of volunteer befrienders and matching individuals for one-to-one support.

3) Working in partnership with a range of organisations, particularly third sector and statutory bodies.

Experience of managing volunteers would be an advantage, as would a track record of experience in community development and support.

Are you passionate about reducing social isolation and loneliness? Do you have excellent communication skills and a flexible and creative approach to problem-solving? Are you enthusiastic with excellent organisational skills? Do you have previous experience of supporting disabled people with a range of barriers and understand the importance of personalised one-to-one support? A full driving licence and access to a car is essential to travel to homes and communities across the seven main localities of Fife.

This post is home-based in Fife and involves regulated work for which a satisfactory PVG will be required. Lead Scotland has a Recruiting People with Convictions Policy.

Application notes

Lead has Disability Confident status, and we encourage applications from disabled people. All disabled people meeting the minimum requirements will get a guaranteed interview. Information about our commitment to recruit disabled people is available on our website. If you would like to be considered under this scheme, please indicate this on your covering letter. This will in no way disadvantage you in the recruitment process. All job application information can be made in alternative formats on request including braille, large print and audio and people can make applications in alternative formats. Recruitment paperwork is kept for 6 months before it is destroyed. Please complete our anonymous equal opportunities formto help us ensure we are attracting a broad range of candidates.

Application by CV and covering letter showing how you meet the specified criteria for the role to Job description and additional information available at If you have any further queries about the role please email

Closing Date: 9.00am, Monday 24th January 2022.

Interviews: Week of 24th January 2022.

Lead Scotland is a charity which provides learning, befriending and helpline services for disabled people and carers. Charity no. SC003949