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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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Age UK Darlington

A small independant charity which strives to enhance the health and well being of older people by promoting quality assured activity, information and care ensuring older people have the opportunity for choice. Our befriending scheme teams up volunteers with older people in the community who could use a friend to talk to, help maintain their independence and raise self-confidence. Volunteer befrienders support their befriendees in a variety of ways such as home visits, telephone calls, taking them to activities or social outings, medical appointments or helping with shopping.

Sharon Vasey
Bradbury House
Beaumont Street West
Darlington
Durham
DL1 5SX

Tel: 01325 362832

Age UK Newcastle

AgeUK Newcastle works with and for older people who live in Newcastle. Our Befriending Services offer opportunities for social contact and conversation at home and in the community.

Yvonne Shanley
2nd Floor
Broadacre House
Market Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
NE1 6HQ

Tel: 0191 2359903

Age UK North Tyneside Enabling and Befriending

We aim to befriend older isolated lonely people 50+ in North Tyneside.

Angela Watt
Bradbury Centre
13 Saville Street West
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 6QP

Tel: 0191 287 7020 / 280

Age UK Scarborough & District

We are an independent charity working with older people aged 50+ who live in the Scarborough, Whitby & Ryedale areas. Our mission is to promote the well-being of all older people in the area and help make life more fulfilling and enjoyable. Our Befriending service aims to prevent loneliness and social isolation by matching caring volunteers with older people who live alone, for conversation, visits outings and social activities.

Laureen Downes
39 Aberdeen Walk
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 1BD

Tel: 01723 379058

Age UK York Community Befriending Service

Age UK York Community Befriending Service provides support, companionship and leisure activities for older people in the community.

Lis Ramage
70 Walmgate
York
YO1 9TL

Tel: 01904 627995

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

Carers Leeds

Calling Carers is a project delivered by Carers Leeds. The aim of the project is to provide informal telephone support to carers over 50, who live Leeds, look after someone who has dementia and experiencing social isolation. The outcomes for the project are to reduce social isolation loneliness for carers.

Valerie Banks
6-8 The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 6PT

Tel: 0113 246 8338

Carers Northumberland

Carers Northumberland is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of unpaid family carers by responding to their needs, informing carers of their rights and entitlements, supporting them to access help for the person they care for, reducing social isolation and empowering carers to have a voice. The service covers Northumberland and is available to carers of all ages regardless of the condition the person they carer for has.

Gail Purvis
107 & 109 Station Road
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 8RS

Tel: 01670 320024

Cyril Flint Volunteers

Cyril Flint Volunteers matches trained befriending volunteers with isolated individuals.

Alex Neil
33 Ballbrook Ave
Manchester
M16 9DQ

Tel: 01619429465

Diabetes UK

Working towards a world where diabetes can do no harm

Michelle Stebbings
First floor, The Boultings
Winwick Street
Warrington
WA2 7TT

Tel: 01925 644 566

Didsbury Good Neighbours

We are a charity whose aim is to support senior members of the Didsbury community through a volunteer befriending service and a programme of weekly activities. We provide a welcoming base at the Holt Pavilion in Didsbury Park, a place to rekindle interests, meet others and take part in a range of social groups and activities. e provide opportunities for local people to volunteer and get involved. Befriending is the core of our work, building friendships with people who are most at risk of lonely

Sue Thurston
The Holt Pavilion Didsbury Park
Gillbrook Road
Didsbury
Manchester
M206WY

Tel: 07749 504298

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

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board

We support people to stay independent, active and lead fulfilling livesr. Our Community Care services offer practical and emotional support for people:•With learning difficulties•With mental health problems•Who are lonely and isolated•Who have physical and sensory disabilities•Experiencing difficulties around finance and housing•With family or relationship breakdown•Suffering abuse

Janine Field
311 Stonegate Road
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS17 6AZ

Tel: 0113 2034917

Leeds Mind

Leeds Mind is a Charitable Organisation - affiliated with National Mind. It offers person centred services to people with a range of mental health needs within Leeds and W.Yorkshire.The Befriending Service fits within the Well Being team which has a thriving key Working and Peer Support programme. Currently the Befriending service is quite small with a P/T Coordinator, aiming to provide 20 partnerships per year. We also run social and information groups for both Volunteers and Befriendees.

Lynda Moore
Clarence House
11 Clarence Road
Horsforth
Leeds
W.Yorks
LS18 4LB

Tel: 0113 3055802

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

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

Tel: 07455765844

Parents Against CSE (Pace)

Pace works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. We offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family.

Pam Butcher
Waverley House
Unit 10
Killingbeck Drive
Leeds
West Yorks
LS14 6UF

Tel: 0113 2403040

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

Sightline Vision

Sightline is an evening helpline for people with a visual impairment, their friends, family and carers. We are open between 6-10pm, 365 days a year. Our helplines are manned by volunteers who themselves have a visual impairment and understanding. We offer emotional support, as well as practical information. We are soon to be setting up a telephone befriending service.

Bethan Harries
Howick House
Howick Park Way
Penwortham
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 0LS

Tel: 01772 753 701

St Clare's Hospice

We are a small independant Hospice with eight In-Patient beds and twenty Day Care places Monday -Friiday.

Vicky Bracey
Primrose Terrace
Jarrow
Tyne and Wear
NE32 5HA

Tel: 01915297100

Sterling Friends Ltd

We provide a well-governed, safe, low cost call befriending service to elderly people. Elderly clients chose and then speak to the same companion three or five times a week forming a long-term, caring relationship. Our companions seek to improve quality of life and independence.

Jon Shaw
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Tel: 0330 1330885

Supporting Older People

Supporting Older People was founded in 1982 aiming to alleviate loneliness and isolation amongst older people who live alone in the Harrogate District. We run a Home Visiting Scheme and our programme of outings and activities. Our 72 volunteers currently provide a total of more than 4,100 hours visiting time per year, with each weekly visit lasting between 1 and 2 hours and being entirely free of charge.

Kate Rogata
Community House
46-50 East Parade
Harrogate
North Yorkshire
HG1 5RR

Tel: 01423 531490

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

Wirral Mind

The befriending service exists to support adults aged from 18 to 65 years living within the Wirral who are experiencing or have experienced mental health problems. To be part of the service a person has to be actively involved and want to take part. So we accept self referrals and with the client’s permission referrals from partner agencies who are working with the individual.The activities you do as a volunteer would be activities that you both have in common or want to try

Kate Russell
St Catherines Health Centre
Church Road
Tranmere
Birkenhead
Wirral
CH42 0LQ

Tel: 0151 678 5111 ask fo