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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
Edinburgh
EH11 1DQ

Tel: 0131 243 1453

Amina MWRC

Amina MWRC is a Scottish Charity run by women who aim to promote the social welfare of minority ethnic (predominately) Muslim women to enable them to participate in all aspects of society. Our Befriending Service provides a faith and culturally sensitive model of working and matches women over 50 who are isolated with a trained befriender who may visit them at home or accompany them to organised group activities to overcome their isolation and assist them to build confidence and develop social

Lubaba Qasim
1/3 6 Whitehall Crescent.
Dundee
Dundee
DD1 4AU

Tel: 01382 787450

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
283 West Campbell Street
Glasgow
G2 4TT

Tel: 0141 954 7776

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.

Claire Wilson
The Grenfell House Centre
290 High Street
Arbroath
Angus
DD11 1JF

Tel: 01241 873146

BeFriends

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.

Linda Smith
Unit 1
Garden Works
Benvie Road
Dundee
DD2 2LN

Tel: 01382 630063

Bridging the Gap, Hearing Voices Network

Keith Wilson
Hearing Voices Network
216 Hilltown
Dundee
DD3 7AU

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.

Kenny Innes
Swanston Steading
109/3 Swanston Road
Edinburgh
Lothian
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
Perth
Perthshire
PH1 5PA

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
Garth House
Cardiff
CF15 7RG

Tel: 02920815854

Carr Gomm

Carr Gomm is a person-centred organisation that supports people to lead their lives safely and to do the things they want to do. We do this by providing support at home and in supported services which are delivered by highly trained and committed workers. We are committed to helping the people we support to widen their network of friends and interests. For this reason we are currently piloting an Interest Sharing Project for people we support within a number of our Edinburgh Services.

Scott McNair
SPACE
11 Harewood Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4NT

Tel: 0131 659 4700

Centre For Inclusive Living Perth and Kinross

We are a user led disability organisation that promotes independent living. We are adding a befriending service to our organisation.

Gillian Edwards
90 Tay Street
Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH2 8NP

Tel: 01738587282

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
Dundee
Angus
DD3 8HH

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
Dundee
Angus
DD2 3SX

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.

Tania Greenhorn
Unit B11 Highland House
Unit B11
St Catherine's Road
Perth
---------
PH1 5YA

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
London
W14 8RR

Tel: 02076054233

intandem

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.

intandem
Inspiring Scotland,
Riverside House
502 Gorgie Road
Edinburgh
Midlothian
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
Edinburgh
EH7 4HQ

Tel: 0131 550 1560

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3JD

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
Glasgow
G21 4SF

Tel: 0141 387 6390

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
Monifieth
Angus
DD5 4LX

Tel: 01382 760142

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
Alloa
Clackmannanshire
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
London
NW1 0SE

Tel: 020 7387 0543

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
Stanley
Perthshire
PH1 4LU

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
Dundee
Tayside
DD4 6AD

Tel: 01382 456012

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
Battersea
London
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
Battersea
London
SW11 3UF

Tel: 02072242020

VisionPK

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
Perth
PH1 5QA

Tel: 01738 626969