Supporting individuals and families in the Stirlingshire area who are experiencing homelessness, housing difficulties and financial hardship.

Listening/Befriending


Start-Up Stirling is interested in hearing from individuals who might we willing to volunteer who can spare a couple of hours a week to offer listening, friendship and support to someone who is feeling isolated.   We hope this will help the person to develop social relationships and allow access to a wider range of support.

We train our volunteers regarding confidentiality, boundaries and listening and are looking for both men and women volunteers of all ages, with a wide range of interest and experiences, who have time and commitment to give, whether they are employed or unemployed, retired, a student, or parents with a little spare time.

Some individuals may just need a little bit of support and enjoy meeting for a cup of tea and a chat, others might wish to go shopping, go for a walk, a swim or go to the cinema or they might want support with joining a community group or taking up a new hobby.  We also can offer signposting and support to engage with other organisations which may help the individual improve their situation.

We provide volunteers with on-going support. We also pay expenses related to volunteering. We require volunteers who work one-to-one with individuals to join the PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) Scheme and provide full details.  We also ask volunteers to provide two references before beginning their voluntary work.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN EXPERT….

All we ask is that you are willing to participate in the training, and be willing to listen, share, laugh and be a friend. If you feel interested and want to know more, please get in touch for an informal chat over a coffee. Help us to make a real difference.