A North-east children’s charity has been delighted at the response to their volunteer drive – but is still looking for more to come forward.
The Evening Express reported last month how charity Befriend a Child was forced to close its waiting list for children needing befrienders due to the high demand.
Set up in 1975 the charity matches children with an adult to be a positive role model who can engage in fun and rewarding activities.
Head of operations and support service manager Jean Gordon said last month that the waiting list was the highest in her 15-year period with the charity.
The waiting list will be reopened next month due to a number of potential befrienders stepping forward.
Jean said: “While we’re happy to now be in a position to reopen our waiting list at the end of September, we are still in need of volunteers as we expect to be inundated with referrals following the summer holidays.
“The children and young people referred to Befriend a Child are often facing troubled and uncertain circumstances at home and are therefore in need of a positive role model.”
Befriend a Child only accepts referrals from professional sources and often experience a spike in the number of children being referred as they return to school and teachers become aware of problems.
The charity has managed to reduce the waiting list for befrienders from almost 90 children to 55. Around 30 people are now in training to become befrienders.