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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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Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland is the leading dementia organisation in Scotland. We campaign for the rights of people with dementia and their families and provide an extensive range of innovative support services. These support services include a number of volunteer befriending projects.

Julie Penn
160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ

Tel: 0131 243 1453

Arthritis Care Scotland

There are over 200 different forms of arthritis and it affects over 700,000 people in Scotland, 1,000 of whom are children. Arthritis Care offers a range of services aimed at providing support and information to every one of them. 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 in Nairnshire.

Marion MacNeil
Edward House
199 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3EX

Tel: 0141 954 7776

Barnardo's Edinburgh Community Support Services (BECSS)

The focus of Barnardo's Edinburgh Community Support Services is the inclusion of children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties at school, at home, and within their community. The project works with children aged 5-16 years who are referred to the project through case management, following a child planning meeting. The Befriending Service provides individual support to referred children and siblings of the referred child. Befrienders can help to reduce social isolation by involving children in new experiences and activities in the community to help them to develop their social and relationship skills.

Kat Geoghegan
Barnardo's Edinburgh Community Support Services
111 Oxgangs Road North
EH14 1ED

Tel: 0131 446 7000

Bethany Christian Trust

Working to support homeless and vulnerable people to live independently within society

Pall Singh
65 Bonnington Rd

Tel: 0131 561 8993

Broomhouse Youth Befriending Project

Broomhouse Youth Befriending Project recruits, trains and supports volunteers in befriending young people affected by parental substance misuse in Broomhouse and the surrounding areas.

Amanda Farquhar
79/89 Broomhouse Crescent
EH11 3RH

Tel: 0131 455 7731

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.

Kenny Innes
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
Garth House
CF15 7RG

Tel: 02920815854

Children 1st Edinburgh Family Support Team

We offer support to families in Edinburgh that are under stress, and provide children, young people and families the opportunity to shape positive futures.We work with families who have a child aged 0 – 5 years, and families who have a child under 11 years of age and who have significant housing issues. We can support the whole family – including older siblings.

Gary Dewar
Children 1st
83 Whitehouse Loan

Tel: 0131 650 1119

CHSS - Heart Failure Support Service, Edinburgh

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community.

Irene Gardiner
Third Floor, Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5EZ

Tel: 0131 225 6963

Curamus Haven

We provide friendship and support by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people affected by isolation who are socially excluded, and assisting them to integrate into society. We offer our friendship and support to vulnerable people such as the disabled, the elderly and basically anyone simply needing a friend.Our aim is to provide these individuals with a more fulfilling and meaningful life through our befriending service and social events.

Jane Mukubvu
10 Flat 1
Custom House Place

Tel: 07427455099


Our service supports those aged 60+ who are living in Edinburgh and experiencing isolation and loneliness. Volunteers support clients to get out-and-about, meet new people, find out what's on in the local area and develop social networks. Referrals are received from health and social care professionals. Individuals referred to the service may have experience of bereavement, poor health, caring for a loved one, low confidence. The service is typically provided for up to 9 months.

Golden Years
Norton Park
57 Albion Road

Tel: 0131 475 2434

Cyrenians OPAL Older People, Active Lives

OPAL supports individuals over 60, who are at risk of or suffering from loneliness and isolation. Our clients may be suffering from low mood, anxiety, depression, may have had a fall and recently returned home from hospital, have mobility issues or suffered from a stroke. They are usually living distant from their family or have no family at all, their social network consists of health professional’s (e.g. social worker, nurse) neighbours and possibly other voluntary sector organisations. OPAL's aim is to make a positive contribution to a person’s quality of life, health sense of well-being by supporting them to remain independent at home and socially connected and engaged.

Glenda McWatt
19b South Bridge Street
West Lothian
EH48 1TU

Tel: 01506 815815

Dementia Carer Befriending at the Eric Liddell Centre

The Eric Liddell Centre is a charity and community centre. We have a range of care services, including a Befriending service for carers of people living with dementia. A befriender and carer spend time together, allowing the carer take a few hours for themselves - possibly taking part in an activity they enjoy, such as a class or singing group; or going for a walk or meeting for coffee: with the focus on giving the carer time to relax and unwind with a befriender who listens.

Martha Pollard
15 Morningside Road
EH10 4DP

Tel: 0131 446 3301


Linking those socially isolated or excluded due to physical disabilities with Volunteer Befrienders. Please note: Due to the large number of referrals received over the last few months, we will not be accepting new referrals until further notice. This will enable us to process referrals already received.

Ally Irvine
Norton Park
57 Albion Road

Tel: 0131 475 2344

Edinburgh Garden Partners

We develop and support relationships between people needing help with their gardens and caring volunteer gardeners who have the desire to grow their own food and have no space. We focus support to older and disabled individuals where gardeners take on a unique and nontraditional befriending type role, helping them to remain independent in their own homes with gardeners sharing their interests and produce and for our volunteer gardeners to get to know people in their local community.

Jane Brennan
Osborne House, c/o Care & Repair
1 Osborne Terrace
EH12 5HG

Tel: 01313470529

Edinburgh Headway Group Carers Project

Edinburgh Headway Group Carers Project supports unpaid carers of adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI). The project aims are to: make early contact with carers of people with an ABI; provide information, advice and support to carers; and recruit and train volunteers to provide 1:1 respite with the cared-for person for 2-3 hours a week. Our 1:1 volunteer support provides valuable respite for a maximum of 1 year. Individuals with an ABI to be supported in the community for 2-3 hours a week with a trained volunteer must be aged 18 or over, and both live in the City of Edinburgh themselves and have a carer who also lives in the City of Edinburgh.

Fiona Robertson
Headway House
Astley Ainslie Hospital
Canaan Lane

Tel: 0131 537 9557

Eric Liddell Centre

The Eric Liddell Befriending Project supports anyone living in Edinburgh who is caring for someone on an unpaid basis or whose caring role has lessened or recently ended. A befriender is a volunteer who can provide you with a social outlet to help relieve the stresses of your day to day caring role. They are not involved in your daily routine and can offer you a complete break from your day to day life. By building a trusting relationship a befriender can encourage you to take a few hours for yourself away from it all - possibly taking part in an activity you used to enjoy, going shopping or maybe just for a walk. This can be beneficial for both you and the person you care for as you have an opportunity to have time to relax and unwind.

Sally Sorrie
Eric Liddell Centre
15 Morningside Road
EH10 4DP

Tel: 0131 446 3317

Health All Round

Health All Round is a registered charity and voluntary sector agency which aims to support people living in Gorgie Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse and surrounding areas of Edinburgh to live longer, healthier lives. Using a community development approach we provide services focusing on physical, social and emotional wellbeing and aim to build social capital and reduce inequalities within the city of Edinburgh.

Gloria Gibbons
24 Westfield Avenue
EH11 2QH

Tel: 0131 337 1376

Health in Mind - Equal Access

Equal Access provides support for people from minority ethnic communities, who are experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing, feelings of stress or isolation. Our Volunteers support people using the service to gain a sense of belonging, self-esteem and confidence through finding out about and making connections in their communities. Volunteers support people both through one to one/peer support and providing peers support to people attending the groups.

Krzysztof Nowak
40 Shandwick Place

Tel: 0131 225 8508

health in mind, Discover Services

Health in Mind operates their befriending service re:discover in Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders and HPS Connections covers South and East Edinburgh. re:discover volunteers support adults who are isolated, as a result of experiencing mental health difficulties to step back out into the world again and develop social networks and rediscover interests and hobbies. HPS Connections is a free service for anyone over 16, living in South or East Edinburgh. It supports people who are feeling lonely, having housing issues, or are struggling with their health and wellbeing. They can match you up with a volunteer, to help you find out what is on locally, and support you to take part and manage any housing issues.

Kevin Kent
40 Shandwick Place

Tel: 0131 225 8508

Home Link Family Support

Home Link matches befrienders to families with at least one child aged 0-5 referred by statutory, voluntary/community agencies. We cover Southeast and Southwest Edinburgh and all of Midlothian. Most befrienders are volunteers, but we have one paid 'family support worker'. We use volunteers for 3 services - Family Support, Antenatal Service, Midlothian Young Parents Support.

Jane Ellis
1 Dalkeith Road Mews
Dalkeith Road
EH16 5GA

Tel: 0131 661 0890

Home-Start East Lothian

Home-Start East Lothian supports vulnerable families with at least one child under five through the recruitment, training and placement of volunteer befrienders who can offer support, friendship and practical assistance. Home-Start East Lothian endeavours to fulfil a preventive role, wherein families in difficulty can be supported by well-trained volunteers, lessening the chance of family problems deteriorating to the point where statutory intervention is required.

Katy Pollock
Early Years Centre
Sanderson's Wynd
East Lothian
EH33 1DA

Tel: 01875 616 066

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh

Based in the heart of Leith, Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh has been offering support to families since 1986. Home-Start provides a unique service for families - recruiting and training volunteers to support parents with young children at home.

Anne Nixon
247 leith walk
eh6 8ny

Tel: 0131 553 7819

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

LINKnet Mentoring Ltd

LINKnet Mentoring is avoluntary sector charitable organisation that supports minority ethnic individuals and their families to improve their quality of life through various activities including, one to one mentoring and befriending.

Ranbandara Dissanayaka
31 Guthrie Street

Tel: 0131 225 7970

Linlithgow Link

Providing car service for health appointments for elderly or those unable to use public transport and caring service for socially isolated elderly and families

Margaret MacTavish
Administration Building
St Michael's Hospital
EH49 6QS

Tel: 01506 845137

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street

Tel: 07455765844

Meal Makers (Food Train)

Meal Makers connecting communities through food! Meal Makers is a really simple concept – we connect people who love cooking and want to be active in their community (‘Cooks’), with older (55+) neighbours (‘Diners’), who would appreciate home cooked food delivered to them. How does it work? Volunteer cooks prepare an extra portion of their evening meal, and take it round to an older neighbour at a time which suits both parties, this can happen weekly, fortnightly or just now and again.

Emma Black
Hydepark Business Centre
Room 28
60 Mollinsburn Street
G21 4SF

Tel: 0141 387 6390

Move On

The Move On Befriending Service provides social and emotional support to individuals who have previously been affected by homelessness and who are living in Edinburgh City Centre, Leith or North Edinburgh. Over a period a 6 months a trained volunteer will meet on a regular basis with the befriendee for social activities and emotional support.

Ross Davidson
25 Greenside Place

Tel: 0131 5583740

Oxgangs Care

Oxgangs Care Befriending Service offers one to one support to clients and respite to carers (50yrs +) if you are in the EH10 and EH13 post code areas of Edinburgh. Through the matching process we aim to offer support and friendship for a couple of hours per week. There is no charge for the service. If you would like to volunteer or feel you know someone who requires the service please get in touch directly.

Annie Weir
12 Firrhill Neuk
EH13 9FF

Tel: 0131 445 3332

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

People Know How

People Know How is an organisation founded upon the principles of social innovation – unlocking peoples’ ideas for a better future, today. We aim to support & empower individuals & organisations to mobilise their assets & realise their potential. We support young people during S1 to establish a positive start to their time at secondary school. We have developed a befriending programme after extensive consultation in 5 secondary schools with over 800 S1 pupils, carried out by our Volunteer Engagement Team. We are also running a Family Learning project using befriending to support young people and families to better engage in learning.

Glenn Liddall
St. Margaret's House
151(5.03) London Road

Tel: 07714586971

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

Positive Help - Befriending

Positive Help aims to improve the day to day quality of life for those with HIV & Hepatitis C. Our befriending service is focused on children whose parents are living with these conditions. Our befrienders take their clients for fortnightly days out and provide individual support tailored to the needs of the child.

Jana Nuemannova
First Floor
139 George Street

Tel: 0131 225 4766

Positive Realities

Positive Realities provides support to improve life satisfaction for young people aged 12-25 years, and their families, living in Edinburgh. Growing up and living independently can be full of changes and challenges for the whole family.These can include dealing with new, powerful emotions, gaining confidence and personal skills, exploring career choices and moving into independent living - to name just a few.

Susan Veitch
47 Gracemount House Drive
EH16 6FD

Tel: 01316294800

Queensferry Churches Care in the Community - Befriending Project

We work with people over 60 with a wide range of health & social needs. Providing companionship & friendship to people who are isolated housebounds or just want more company.

Lorna Russell
The Haven
25b Burgess Road
South Queensferry
EH30 9JA

Tel: 0131 331 5570

Rowan Alba Ltd

Rowan Alba works with those whose lives are chaotic often, but not exclusively, due to domestic abuse, drug or alcohol dependency or mental health issues. A combination of these factors can lead to homelessness, which makes the whole situation much more complex, and one not always solved by providing a roof over a head.

Tracey Stewart
89 - 95 Fountainbridge

Tel: 0131 229 7554

Royal Voluntary Service

Royal Voluntary Service can help older people maintain their independence and stay involved in the local community. We have Good Neighbours volunteers in Edinburgh and East Lothian who can offer befriending and help with small practical tasks. We also have transport services in East Lothian.

Polly Cooke
37 Sidegate
EH41 4BU

Tel: 01875 811 011

Scottish Churches Housing Action

Scottish Churches Housing Action Volunteering Consultancy Training (VCT) programme provides a development service to establish Befriending/Peer mentoring projects for homeless /vulnerable individuals across Scotland. As a development organisation we work alongside front line service providers in partnership to assist with development of good practice policies, practice & protocols (BN) (standard guidance) assist with strategic planning, scoping of sustainable funding, recruitment of volunteer & training

Alastair Cameron
44 Hanover Street

Tel: 0131 477 4556/4500

Strive Wellbeing - Community Connections

To provide friendly social contact to people resident in East Lothian aged 50 and over who are socially isolated due to ill health, disability or personal circumstances.

Maureen Allan
Volunteer Development East Lothian
Strive Wellbeing
98 North High Street
East Lothian
EH21 6AS

Tel: 0131 665 3300

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

The Welcoming Association

The Welcoming supports migrants and refugees in Edinburgh by providing a range of services including English language classes, employability workshops, environmental activities and social and cultural integration opportunities. Befriending makes a valuable contribution towards integration enabling newcomers to Scotland to meet and make connections with local people, share activities together and develop friendships, helping Scotland to feel like a welcoming new home.

Caitlin Rodgers
20 Westfield Avenue
EH11 2TT

Tel: 0131 346 8577

Vintage Vibes

Vintage Vibes provides company for people over 60 across Edinburgh who are lonely or isolated.

Emily Hislop
79/89 Broomhouse Crescent
EH11 3RH

Tel: 0131 455 7731

Volunteer Edinburgh

Volunteer Edinburgh provides a focus for voluntary activity and encourages people to engage in voluntary work Promotes and develops volunteering opportunities Encourages good practice in involving volunteers Promotes social inclusion through volunteering Our employment mentoring project matches people who are unemployed with trained volunteer mentors.

Marion Findlay
Leith Walk
City of Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 225 0630

West Lothian Youth Action Project

Befriending service for young people aged 10-21 with mental health issues. Issues are around confidence & self-esteem & the things which affect these in young people

Angela Gourdie
Craigsfarm Campus
Maree Walk
West Lothian
EH54 5BP

Tel: 01506 431430

YMCA Edinburgh

YMCA Edinburgh is part of an inclusive, global Christian movement, open to people of all faiths and none, which gives all people, especially young people, space and opportunity to ​belong, contribute and thrive. We offer a range of tailored programmes including; playrangers, playscheme and holiday clubs, after school and youth clubs, mentoring for vulnerable young people, schools work supporting transition and support for women and families across the whole of Edinburgh.

Bruce Harkin
1 Junction Place

Tel: 0131 553 7877