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Befriending Project Coordinator

  • Part time
  • £22,765 – £25,349 pro-rata
  • Home based in Fife
  • Closing 19th July 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd June 2021
  • 21 core hours per week (with scope for an additional 7 hours) Fixed term initially until March 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).


This is a re-advertisement, previous applicants need not re-apply.

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 and to undertake a range of befriending activities as defined by them to connect them with their communities to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

2)Being an active member of the Lead Scotland team as we seek to expand and develop our befriending services in the South of Scotland over the next three years.

You will be responsible for:

1)Provision of a befriending service for disabled adults and older people to agreed targets as defined by our funder.

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.

This post will suit those that are passionate about supporting others, who have excellent communication skills and a flexible and creative approach to problem-solving.

You must be enthusiastic with excellent organisational skills and have previous experience of supporting disabled people with a range of barriers, and of working one-to-one with individuals. 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.

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 form to help us ensure we are attracting a broad range of candidates.

Application notes

Application by CV and covering letter showing how you meet the criteria for the role to Job description and additional information available at To discuss the role please contact Stephen Fernand at

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 19th July 2021

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