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“Across the country, in every sector and setting, I have seen the power of one-to-one relationships to make a difference to people's lives and help them solve their own problems”

—Right Hon Gordon Brown MP

“Befriending plays a key role in helping us provide support to vulnerable members of society. Ensuring we take the time to spend with others who may be feeling alone is one of best things we can do to ensure people feel part of society. The Scottish Government will continue to do all we can to support valued befriending initiatives and I would like to express our thanks to the thousands of volunteers in Scotland.”

—Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights

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Arran Community and Voluntary Services

Our aim to provide a volunteer befriending scheme for vulnerable older people and those who are socially isolated. Offering support, companionship, encouragement and regular community based contact to help people to become more independent, overcome social isolation and develop confidence. We will offer support and training for volunteers. We are currently looking for volunteers to carry out a variety of roles, please get in touch if you have time to spare.

Vicki Yuill
Park Terrace
Isle of Arran
North Ayrshire
KA27 8NB

Tel: 01770 600611

Barnardo's Intandem South Ayrshire

We provided a 1-1 mentoring service for Care experienced young people aged 14-24 years old and also for young people that are looked after at home under a compulsory supervision order aged 8-14 years old. We are looking for volunteers that may have experienced similar issues in their childhood. We need our volunteers to be non judgmental, committed and passionate about working with Young people. Barnardos offer robust induction training as well as on going training opportunities.

Julie young
62 view field road
South Ayrshire
ka8 8hh

Tel: 01292 610479

Barnardo's South Ayrshire Families Services

We are looking for befrienders to provide weekly/fortnightly support to young people aged 12 and under to increase their confidence/resilience and relieve the feeling of isolation at the same time encourage them to be more active in their local communities. We also have befrienders supporting vulnerable adults on a weekly/fortnightly basis to provide emotional and practical support and also encourage them out of their home and back into their local communities.

Eleanor Taylor
62 Viewfield Road
South Ayrshire

Tel: 01292 610479

Bee Busy, Befriend

BEE Busy Be Friend is a new project aimed at helping the elderly people in our community. BEE Busy Be Friend was initially funded by The Reshaping Care for Older People Change Fund better known now as the Health and Social Care Integration Fund. This fund is aimed at improving services for older people by shifting care towards anticipatory care and preventative spend. BEE Busy Be Friend has been operational now for 3 years and has gone from strength to strength.

Annie Brown
Belford Mill
16 Brewery Road

Tel: 01563 544765

Butterfly Trust (Cystic Fibrosis)

The Butterfly Trust provides direct Social Support, in the community, for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis across the whole of Scotland. One of the services we offer is Befriending for children and young people and Mentoring for young adults who need additional support. The services are provided by our trained volunteers who support people in their local community. We are currently looking for volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles, please get in touch if you have some spare time you would like to use to help someone with Cystic Fibrosis in Scotland.

Alana Simpson
Swanston Steading
109/3 Swanston Road
EH10 7DS

Tel: 0131 445 5590

Care for the Family

Care for the Family is a UK charity that aims to promote strong family life and support those who face family difficulties. Our work is focused on three areas: Parenting, Marriage/Couple Support and Bereavement. We run telephone befriending schemes for Bereaved Parents, those Widowed Young and Parents of Children with Additional Needs.

Carol Humphreys
Tovey House, Cleppa Park,
Newport, NP10 8BA
NP10 8BA

Tel: 02920815854

Chemists' Community Fund

The Chemists' Community Fund (working name of the Royal Society of Chemistry Benevolent Fund) assists with grants for members of the Royal Society of Chemistry and their dependents who are in need. Applicants normally must have been members for the last 3 years, or ex-members. Our grants can help towards essential living costs, home maintenance, respite care and household appliances. We offer support in a number of areas including befriending, legal advice, benefits advice and counselling.

Anna Dearden
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House
Science Park

Tel: 01223432227


Clasp has been established as a community support project for 15 years. We provide a Welfare Rights Information and Support Service, Job Clubs and Jobs Access service, Literacy Support service, community access to telephone, fax, typing, printing and photocopying and have received further Big Lottery funding to provide a Befriending and Information and Advice Service aimed at tackling the isolation and loneliness experienced by many older people in North Ayrshire..

Cathy McGregor
Community Led Action & Support Project
140a Hayocks Road
KA22 7PU

Tel: 01294 602711

East Ayrshire befriending service

Befriending for older adults who are isolated within East Ayrshire. Befriending is on a one - one basis and can take place either in their own home or within the community.

Wilma Love
Garven Court Day Centre
Samson Ave
East Ayrshire

Tel: 01563 550389

ENABLE SCOTLAND Ayr and District Branch

We are the local branch of ENABLE SCOTLAND. We are completely self-funded and run entirely by volunteers. We run clubs, etc. for people with learning disabilities

Elizabeth Fyall
Sutherland House
123 Prestwick Road

Tel: 07763231269

Equal Futures

Equal Futures was set up by a group of parents who have a family member with learning disabilities. Our purpose is to alleviate loneliness and isolation for people. We do this by setting up informal networks of friendship which we call Circles. The Circle helps the person with disabilities do what really matters to them. This might be social activities or achieving a goal. The Circle can be pro-active in anticipating changes; such as times of transition. They will help to find solutions.

Alison Roy
Hayweight House
23 Lauriston Street
City of Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 281 7367

Family Support (Befriending & Volunteering) East Ayrshire Council

We aim to support children, young people and families requiring the support of a befriender to facilitate and enable their involvement in a range of community based activities. All our referrals are taken from Social Work and the wider Health and Social Care Partnership. We offer training, mentoring and supervision to volunteer befrienders to support the children and young people and families to participate in a range of activities and to reduce social isolation. Additional Befriending Coordinator posts have seen our service develop to support families, children and young people affected by drug/alcohol substance misuse and another support to assist care leavers in maintaining their tenancies.

Tammy Burns
Council Offices
Greenholm Street
East Ayrshire

Tel: 01563 576359

Good Morning Service

Good Morning Service supports older people by building trust and meaningful relationships via the telephone, 365 days a year. It also alerts an emergency contact person or the police to potential health problems when a Good Morning Call remains unanswered. Older people are, and feel, connected, safer and valued. To join call Laura, befriending manager, on 0141 336 7766 or email (Please use only one @)

Nicky Thomson
Flemington House
110 FLemington St
G21 4BF

Tel: 0141 336 7766

Independent Age

Independent Age provides support to older people enabling them to live independently with choice and control.

Jeanette Bates
18 Avonmore Road
W14 8RR

Tel: 02076054233


intandem is the national mentoring programme for Scotland's young people. Focused initially on supporting charities to mentor young people aged 8-14 who are under the care of a local authority and at home. Funded by Scottish Government, applications for first phase of funding should be received by 9 September 2016, with awards being made in November 2016.

Inspiring Scotland,
Riverside House
502 Gorgie Road
EH11 3AF

Tel: 0131 442 8760

Legion Scotland

Legion Scotland assists all ex-service men and women of all ages across Scotland to adapt to civilian life by providing community, friendship and practical advice, whether they left military service yesterday or many years ago. Our Veterans Community Support Service promotes fellowship and offers advice and signposting to veterans who have a range of problems resulting from military service such as isolation, unemployment, housing issues, bereavement, and benefits amongst others.

Stephen Baird, Head of Veterans Community Support
Legion Scotland
New Haig House
Logie Green Road

Tel: 0131 550 1560

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street

Tel: 07455765844

New Life Trust

The prevention or relief of poverty,The advancement of education,The advancement of health,The advancement of citizenship or community development,The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended,The relief of those in need by reason of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

William Stewart
New Life Centre
62 Monkton Rd

Tel: 01292671038

Paths for All

We want to get Scotland walking, everyone, everyday, everywhere. Paths for All is a Scottish charity. We champion everyday walking as the way to a happier, healthier Scotland. Our aim is to significantly increase the number of people who choose to walk in Scotland - whether that's leisure walking or active-choice walking to work, school or shops. We want to create a happier, healthier Scotland, where increased physical activity improves quality of life and wellbeing for all.

Frances Bain
Forester Lodge
FK10 2HU

Tel: 01259 222888

Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity

Around 70,000 adults and children in the UK have PKD. Over 12 million are affected worldwide. We support those affected, their families and carers, with information, help and understanding. We raise awareness and fund research into the causes of PKD, with the aim of discovering treatments and a cure.

Esther O' Brien
91 Royal College St

Tel: 020 7387 0543

Scotland Versus Arthritis

There are over 200 different forms of arthritis and we know how much strength it takes to live with arthritis. When you need support, we are here to help in whatever way you need us – on the phone, online or in person. . Versus Arthritis offers a range of services aimed at providing support and information to people of all ages. We deliver quality self-management training to enable people with arthritis to live a better quality of life. Staying Connected is a new service offering specialist mentoring in self-management for older people with arthritis, helping to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Marion MacNeil
Edward House
199 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3EX

Tel: 0141 954 7776

SeAscape Ltd

SeAscape provide a tenancy support service and rent deposit guarantee scheme as well as befriending in South Ayrshire. Our aim at SeAscape Befriending is to offer a service for everyone aged 16 and above who feels they could either benefit or contribute their time and effort towards preventing loneliness and social isolation, in our community. Through befriending we also hope to help our most vulnerable befriendees feel safe and secure in their homes; settled and happier in their lives and through this, prevent repeat homelessness.

Jim Montgomery
10 - 12 Arthur Street

Tel: 01292 271005

South Ayrshire Befriending Project

South Ayrshire Befriending Project provides supportive friendship for vulnerable young people living in South Ayrshire. This enables the young person to access community resources and leisure facilties in their area.

Elaine Walker
4a Citadel Place

Tel: 01292 264000

Speech Language Communication Company

We are a Scottish registered charity which represents the interests of children and young adults with lived experience of communication impairments, working towards their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

42-44 Castle Street

Tel: +441382202644

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff: • Offer information, friendship and advice • Link callers to local groups and services • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter from a volunteer friend.

Moira Gallagher
Trade Tower
Calico Row
SW11 3UF

Tel: 020 7224 2020

The Silver Line Helpline

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff: • Offer information, friendship and advice • Link callers to local groups and services • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter. Silver Line Friends are volunteers who have contacted The Silver Line because they enjoy talking to older people.

Anthea Beeks
Trade Tower
Calico Row
SW11 3UF

Tel: 02072242020

Voluntary Action South Ayrshire

A Befriending Service for ages 55+ in South Ayrshire. We offer a one to one befriending service if you just fancy a cup of tea and a chin-wag. We also run lots of group activities, for example our Creative Writing group has been hugely successful. We have an Arts Café & Drama Groups. We also have group befriending opportunities. Please contact Voluntary Action South Ayrshire for more details, or check out our website

Salena Riley
10-12 Arthur Street
South Ayrshire

Tel: 01292 432661