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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 North Craven

To make later life in North Craven a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, reducing isolation and loneliness, and providing the right support at the right time for older people

Sue Bradley
North Yorkshire
BD24 9EW

Tel: 01729 823066

Age UK North Tyneside Enabling and Befriending

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

Kay Bradshaw
Bradbury Centre
13 Saville Street West
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 6QP

Tel: 0191 280 8484

Age UK North Yorkshire & 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

Tel: 01325 362832

Age UK Northumberland

Age UK Northumberland is an independent local charity which provides services for older adults throughout Northumberland. In common with all Age UKs, our central service is free information, advice and advocacy. Other services are designed to meet local needs and currently include: day care and personal care, exercise and falls prevention classes, lunch clubs, telephone befriending and day centres.

Tina Parnaby
The round house
Lintonville Parkway
NE63 9JZ

Tel: 01670 784800

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
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

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

Tel: 02920815854

Carers Leeds

Carers Leeds offer support to any unpaid adult carer who lives in Leeds. The befriending project offers 1:1 face to face or telephone support to carers in Leeds in order to reduce social isolation.

Nikki Pattinson
6-8 The Headrow
West Yorkshire

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
NE63 8RS

Tel: 01670 320024

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

Community Action Bolsover

We offer an informal befriending service whereby neighbours offer a free Service to elderly, frail, disabled, or housebound neighbours. Our Volunteers offer assistance with small everyday jobs such as; fetching small amounts of shopping, walking the dog, giving a lift to appointments, accompanying people on appointments or shopping trips etc.

Elsa MacPherson
4 Station Road
S44 6BE

Tel: 7870208866

Community Care Network

Church based group in setting up process of befriending service

Jill McMahon
St Lukes
Carlton Road
South Elmsall
West Yorkshire

Tel: 07481173727

Cyril Flint Volunteers

Cyril Flint Volunteers matches trained befriending volunteers with isolated individuals.

Alex Neil
33 Ballbrook Ave
M16 9DQ

Tel: 01619429465

Diabetes UK

Working towards a world where diabetes can do no harm

Jennifer Shaw
unit c, 2nd floor, Dallam Court
Dallam Lane

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

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
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
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
LS18 4LB

Tel: 0113 3055802

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street

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
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

Tel: 020 7387 0543

Ruby's Fund

Ruby's Fund befriending project supports parent carers who care for children from birth with additional needs and disabilities within Cheshire East to reduce social isolation and help parent carers to become part of community life and improve family life

Alison Parr
Meridian House
Roe Street
CW12 1PG

Tel: 01260277666

Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire

Sight Support Hull & East Yorkshire is a UK registered charity which supports people with sight loss. The charity provides a range of support services to enable blind/partially sighted people to live independently whilst benefiting from social interaction and peer support to reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing. Services include home visits; day groups, a variety of other social groups, assistance with technology and specialist equipment and a telephone befriending service.

Karen Dunderdale
466 Beverley Road
East Yorkshire

Tel: 01482 342297

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

Tel: 0800 587 2252

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

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
CH42 0LQ

Tel: 0151 678 5111 ask fo