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With the In Care Survivor Service Scotland

What can volunteers do?
The In Care Survivor Service Scotland offers a range of support to adults that have experienced abuse while in care. Volunteers provide a crucial part of the work being carried out as they support the area Development workers in providing local services to service users.

Volunteers can support the work of the service in a number of ways:

  • Counselling– Counsellors offer face to face therapeutic sessions for 1 hour per week in a confidential setting, adhereing to the COSCA/BACP Ethical

 Framework. Aims of counselling differ for each person and are generally based around addressing issues from childhood trauma and abuse, coping with crisis and developing personal insight.

  • Befriending – The befriending role provides service users with a physical support. Befrienders support and encourage individuals to access local services such as community groups and leisure facilities but can also accompany individuals to meetings (such as housing, social work etc). The role of the befriender is also a listening role and can help service users to increase confidence,  a sense of community inclusion, build positive social relationships and gain new experiences.
  • Advocacy -  Advocacy work involves speaking up for, or acting on behalf of service users. Advocacy can help service users to make clear their own views and wishes, express and present their views effectively and realistically, obtain independent advice and accurate information and negotiate and resolve conflicts. Advocacy workers do not have to agree with service user however have the ability to respect and represent service users opinions. Advocacy can empower service users to make positive changes in their lives and resolve practical issues. 
  • Group-work – Volunteers can co-facilitate group-work sessions such as art therapy, writers groups & peer support groups. This role will involve supporting the facilitator and the service users to create a safe, comfortable and friendly group environment.