CAIR Scotland and the Aberdeenshire Young Carers Service aim to help the Young Carers, aged 5 -18 years old, in our communities across Aberdeenshire achieve a good quality of life. We now offer a Befriending Service to support these Young Carers.

Befriending is a valuable resource for these Young Carers. Many of them have adopted adult caring roles and are growing up too fast; a befriending relationship gives them the opportunity to reclaim some of their childhood. They are missing out on many of the opportunities and experiences that their peer group have, thus suffer from lack of confidence, poor social skills and become socially isolated.

However, the service is not able to function without volunteers. Giving just a couple of hours a week/fortnightly really can make a difference to a Young Carers life. The relationship and the opportunities it brings can be life changing for them.

To find out more about CAIR Scotland and how you can get involved, please contact Volunteer Development Coordinator Andy Farquhar at or 01467 620582. You can also visit the CAIR website here, and the Aberdeenshire Young Carers Support Service site here.

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