Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, this week met with Volunteering Matters to hear all about their North Lanarkshire Befriending Project.

The project, which is run by Volunteering Matters staff members Ross Thomson and Arlaine Barbour, matches volunteer befrienders with young people aged between 8-18 in North Lanarkshire. Once matched, the volunteer will take the young person out for an outing either weekly or fortnightly, building up a positive relationship based on mutual respect. Activities can range from trips to local activity centres, cafes or the cinema.

The goal of the project is to build and develop the confidence and life-skills of the young people. The project targets young people who might be disadvantaged, socially-isolated or who would simply benefit from a break from the day-to-day pressures at home or school.   

The project is run in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council’s social work department and Clare met with Fiona, who oversees the project on behalf of the local authority. Clare also spent time with volunteer Harry; who has been working with the charity for ten months, and Dylan, who is a young person involved with the project at the moment.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Motherwell & Wishaw, Clare Adamson said:
“It was great to meet the Volunteering Matters North Lanarkshire Befriending Project team today in Motherwell.

“This organisation provides a great service across North Lanarkshire, building confidence and developing skills with young people who might be otherwise overlooked within traditional services.”
“I was especially impressed to hear that Dylan, who has been involved with the project, has just successfully completed his first year at college and is now looking towards a career in social work.  It’s clear that the time Dylan has spent with his befriender, Harry, has had a positive impact on Dylan’s confidence.”
“Ross, Arlaine and all of the volunteers should be congratulated for the work they are carrying out in our community. If you are interested in hearing more about the befriending project or getting involved as a volunteer, contact the project on 01698 574 575 or email”. 


Copyright 2015 Clare Adamson MSP