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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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Barnardo's Hopscotch (Angus)

Barnardos Hopscotch (Angus) provides befriending support for children and young people and mentoring support for adults affected by substance misuse including alcohol. They also do family work, group work and individual programmes of work.

Louise Rawe
The Grenfell House Centre
290 High Street
DD11 1JF

Tel: 01241 873146


BeFriends provides help and support through a One-to-One Befriending Service to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 5-18) in Dundee who are experiencing difficulties or who are or at risk of becoming socially isolated. Befriending offers the friendship and support of trained, vetted and disclosure checked adult volunteers to local children aged 5-18 years who have been referred because they are experiencing difficulties within their lives. The volunteers and children enjoy activities together once per week or once every two weeks. These outings as well as giving the children the opportunity to have fun and gain new experiences also give the children the chance to discuss any problems or difficulties.

12-14 Mains Loan

Tel: 01382 657465

Bridging the Gap, Hearing Voices Network

Keith Wilson
Hearing Voices Network
216 Hilltown

Tel: 01382 223023

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

C.A.T.H.(Churches Action for the Homeless)

CATH (Churches Action for The Homeless) is a progressive local charity which supports, encourages and promotes the development and delivery of projects to alleviate homelessness, poor or sub-standard housing and associated problems in the Perth and Kinross area. CATH is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, based in Perth. We help people to overcome homelessness issues through our projects which includes a drop in Day Centre, Emergency Hostel accommodation, Tenancy Support, Outreach/Street work, Literacy/Numeracy support and Befriending service.

Karen Litzbarski
188 - 190 High Street

Tel: 01738 580188

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

Deaf Action Sound Sense Befriending Service, Dundee

Sound Sense offers a befriending service throughout Dundee to deaf people aged 16+ who are experiencing difficulties or isolation due to their deafness.

Susan Gibson
Deaf Action
Sangobeg House, Ground floor
4 Francis Street

Tel: 01382 221 124

Food Train Friends Dundee

Food Train Friends Dundee is a befriending service for local older people. We can provide telephone contacts, home visits and group outings and activities. Many older people in Dundee are currently lonely with no friends or family, if you would like to help beat loneliness and social isolation in our area please get in touch for volunteering opportunities.

Rhea Long
Suite 17
The Circle
4-6 Staffa Place

Tel: 01382 810944

Home-start Perth

Home-Start Perth is a Family Support Charity, working as part of the Home-Start network. Home-Start matches trained parent volunteers with families who have at least one child under the age of 5 to support them through challenging times.

Nicholas Morris
Unit B11 Highland House
Unit B11
St Catherine's Road

Tel: 01738638847

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

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
Suite 2/6A Brook Street Studio
60 Brook Street
G40 2AB

Tel: 0800 783 7770

Monifieth Befriending Scheme

Monifieth Befriending Scheme offers a befriending service for socially isolated older people, and recently bereaved people of any age, living in Monifieth.

Lindsey le Grice
The Health Centre
Victoria Street

Tel: 01382 760142

North East Sensory Services (NESS)

North East Sensory Services(NESS) exists to help people overcome the potentially devastating practical and emotional effects of serious sight or hearing loss. Providing information, equipment and support, NESS is the first fully integrated joint sensory service in Scotland aiming to achieve independence for blind and deaf people. Currently we are developing a one to one volunteer support model in Angus area.

Joan Kennedy
North East Sensory Services
10 Constitution Road

Tel: 07720811896

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

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

Stanley Development Trust

Stanley Development Trust - our purpose is to improve the quality of life and the environment of the village of Stanley and its surrounding area. As part of our Care & Wellbeing Project we aim to provide befriending support to people and families who are challenged by illness, disability or crisis and those at risk of social isolation, including individuals whose lifestyle or conduct gives rise to problems for themselves or others.

Laura Baird
31A Percy Street

Tel: 07712219261

Tayside Council on Alcohol

The TCA Young People's Services delivers a range of services from early intervention to crisis support programmes and befriending/mentoring to children and young people involved in alcohol or illicit drug use or offending/ anti-social behaviour. The Service has developed strong links with a range of local statutory and non-statutory youth work agencies and has developed in partnership initiatives with the Scottish Children's Reporters Administration (SCRA), Schools, the local Youth Partnerships, Community Education, School Nursing Service, Youth Offending Teams and local youth groups. These Initiatives have a strong substance use and or offending/ anti-social behaviour focus, but also seek to explore how young people can be marginalised by their families/ communities and how low confidence and self-esteem can further impact on life chances and decision making. Throughout the agency seeks to involve young people in the planning and preparation of each initiative and where appropriate in the delivery of any agreed programme Link-Up Service for Young People The Link-Up Service was established in 2004 and supports vulnerable children and young people across Tayside in relation to parental substance misuse, their own alcohol and / or other substances use and in terms of their own offending/ anti-social behaviour. The project matches young people to a suitable volunteer who offers the young person the opportunity to form a safe, trusting, reliable and lasting relationship. There are distinct outcomes for young people. These are: - Increased confidence - Reduction in anti-social behaviour/ offending behaviour/ substance use - Increased engagement in education & training - Improved relationships between staff, volunteers, peers, family members and wider community - Increased participation in community and leisure activities - Increased sense of personal responsibility There are additionally outcomes for our volunteers. These are: - Increased confidence - Improved career opportunities - Sense of fulfilment & of being part of their communities

Mark Harris
The Wishart
50 Constable St

Tel: 01382 456012

The Linda Tremble Foundation

We offer help and support to anyone over 18, carer or sufferer, who is affected by an eating disorder. Run Peer-to-Peer groups Offer Befriending and mentoring Provide private therapies

Mrs E Anne Tremble
c/c Fife Voluntary Action
Craig Mitchell House
Flemington Road

Tel: 07815 799397

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


VisionPK was originally established as a society for the blind in the city of Perth in 1866 and therefore has a very long history of providing services for blind and partially sighted people in the area. Today VisionPK serves the local authority area administered by Perth & Kinross Council - an area covering over 2000 square miles. In early 2015 we set up a befriending pilot service, provided by volunteers recruited specifically for this purpose. The service is managed by our Volunteer Services Manager. Clients are referred into the service by our professional fieldworkers where they have identified individuals whom they consider would benefit from befriending - mostly lonely, isolated older clients.

Bev Pettle
14 New Row

Tel: 01738 626969

We Care Rannoch & Tummel

We Care is a relatively new organisation which is funded by C.I.F and NHS Tayside Scotland. WE presently cover an are of Kinloch Rannoch and Tummel Bridge. We have one part time Paid Befriender who is spending most of her time coordinating what is going on in the area and identifying mainly vulnerable elderly people. We Care have now got to the point of recruiting Volunteer befrienders,especially local people with knowledge of the community and of the people that reside here.

We Care Tricia Burgon
Finnart Cottage
Bridge of Gaur
Kinloch Rannoch
Nr Pitlochry
PH17 2QF

Tel: 01882 633235