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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 Barnet

Home visiting and digital inclusion service for Barnet residents over 55 who feel socially isolated. Also special interest groups. Works with other local charities to develop capacity.

Sian Jones
Ann Owens centre
Oak lane
East finchley
London
n2 8dt

Tel: 02084321416

Age UK Merton

Merton Befriending Service is a collaboration with Wimbledon Guild in Merton working together to deliver a high quality befriending service for isolated older people. We offer a free face to face and a telephone befriending service. Emphasis is on reducing social isolation, empowerment and promoting independence. This is done by providing emotional support and/or enabling people to be re-integrated back into their local community.

Kourtney Wood
277 london road
mitcham
CR4 3NT

Tel: 02086485792

ALLIANCE CALL & CARE LTD

Alliance Call & Care provides a daily telephone companionship service to anyone who is feeling isolated and lonely. Our service works by pairing each client to one of our Alliance Companions who provides a caring and friendly conversation on a regular basis as required. Conversations can be about day-to-day events, news, TV, family or just general chit chat. Within the Tendring Area, Essex we also offer face to face companionship.

LARAINE WILKINSON
17 FARADAY CLOSE
CLACTON ON SEA
United Kingdom
co154tr

Tel: 01255256026

Ashford Volunteer Centre Befriending Service

Well-Being at Home Befriending Service sits within the volunteer centre, providing a lifeline of friendship for people over 50yrs. The aim of the service is to help reduce loneliness and social isolation by matching people with a volunteer who will visit weekly. The project is managed by the project co-ordinator.

Lorraine Burley
Berwick House
8 Elwick Rd
Ashford
Kent
TN23 1PF

Tel: 01233 665535

Barnet Carers Centre

We provide a range of vital services to individuals who are caring for a family member. From counselling to legal advice, befriending, mentoring and tuition for young carers, we are there to provide support to anybody who is a carer within the Borough of Barnet.

Gabrielle Bailey
303 Global House
Ballards Lane
London
N12 8NP

Tel: 02083439698

Be Free Young Carers

Be Free YC supports young carers aged between 8-24 in South Oxfordshire. Young carers often describe their lives as isolated, with high levels of stress. Many fail to achieve academically, struggling to balance school work and caring responsibilities. Befriending gives young carers 1 to 1 support, positive social interaction and self esteem and reduces the impact of their caring role on health and well being. Trained, supported volunteers are key to this valuable and rewarding service.

Donna Cowieson
Harwell Innovation Centre
173 Curie Avenue
Didcot
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QG

Tel: 01235 838554

Befriendables

Group Befriending Network with Outreach volunteers

Neil Dunford
30 Queen Street
Flat 39
London
London
Ec4r 1br

Tel: 07879038323

BucksVision

BucksVision is the local charity supporting people with sight loss across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. We’re here to support you through all the stages and severity of sight loss. People lose their sight for many reasons, including age related and genetic conditions or eye-health problems. However, losing your sight does not necessarily mean losing your independence, struggling alone or losing contact with people. We offer a wide range of services delivered by our small, dedicated staff team and fantastic volunteers. Our befrienders can either visit members in their homes, have chat and a cup of tea, take them out for that cup of tea, go for walks or go shopping. We are also about to launch a telephone befriending service.

Lisa Redford
143 Meadowcroft
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP19 9HH

Tel: 01296 487556

Building Futures Together

Currently in the process of setting up a multilingual telephone befriending service

NASREEN AKHTAR
TBA
SLOUGH
BERKSHIRE

Tel: 07460 664620

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

Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre

The befriending service is part of Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre in Twickenham, West London. We offer free practical and emotional support to women in pregnancy and for the baby’s first year. We aim to help women improve their confidence, ability to cope and build up their support network. Referrals (including self-referrals) can be made by calling the helpline on 020 8892 8483 or emailing emma.ashford@crosswaypregnancy.org.uk. Interested volunteers should also enquire via these methods.

Emma Ashford
306 Richmond Road
Twickenham
West London
Surrey
TW1 2PD

Tel: 020 8892 8483

Good Neighbur Project

Reducing social isolation amongst elderly people in Tunbridge Wells by helping them to be part of the community, remain independent & find purpose for living We do this through offering the services of trained and supported volunteers who are able to provide guidance, information, practical and emotional support to clients. We found many older people unable to leave their homes because they had fallen, or had a fear of falling. We successfully deliver Falls Prevention classes too.

Jonathan
12 Upper Grosvenor Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 2EP

Tel: 01892510200

Hertfordshire MIND

Hertfordshire Mind Network is an independent charitable provider of mental health services. We work across Hertfordshire, offering support to anyone in the county who is over the age of 18 and facing a mental health problem, or caring for those who are. Our mission is to create opportunities for individuals to make choices, find their own solutions, build resilience and manage their whole life and wellbeing.

Manpreet Roopra
Wellbeing Centre
501 St Albans Road
Watford
London
WD24 7RZ

Tel: 02037273600

HUBB Support Group

HUBB is run by & for adults familiar with mental health problems, as an unregistered charity in London Boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Our monthly Meetings are a safe place to share experiences, hear visiting Speakers & enjoy a buffet & raffle. Our monthly Newsletter & Website include local & national policies & events. Over 26 years as an Advocacy service, then the Statutory Advocacy service, now unfunded, so just members & voluntary befrienders, fighting stigma & isolation.

DINAH BRYANT
c/o HUBB 82 Shepherds Hill
Harold Wood
Romford
Essex
RM3 0NJ

Tel: 07985983673

Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) enables people to offer support to older people, adults with physical disabilities and their carers who live near them. The main support provided is befriending and help with going out, but volunteers also support people around health and wellbeing issues (obtaining information, signposting to services, helping with medical appointments etc.). We have 200+ volunteers supporting 250+ people each year in Brighton & Hove.

Sean de Podesta
1st Floor, Intergen House
65-67 Western Road
Hove
BN3 2JQ

Tel: 01273 775888

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

Link Age Southwark

Link Age Southwark is a vibrant local charity that provides friendly volunteer support to people over 60 across the London Borough of Southwark. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organisation. We link older people with volunteer befrienders and we organise social and activity groups (including for people with dementia) that meet regularly in the community. We work with local schools to deliver inter-generational activities and we provide volunteer drivers, gardening and odd job service.

Louise Lear
Dulwich Community Hospital
East Dulwich Grove
London
SE22 8PT

Tel: 02082992623

London Irish Centre

to be confirmed

Caroline Hanks
50-52 Camden Square
London
NW1 9XB

Tel: 07947108396

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

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

Tel: 07455765844

Macular Society

Helping to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation for people affected by macular degeneration. Telephone based befriending from volunteers who are also affected by macular disease

Sarah Oakley
Crown Chambers
South Street
Andover
Hampshire
sp10 2bn

Tel: 01264 322411

Norfolk Deaf Association

This service offers support and companionship to young people and adults who experience any degree of hearing loss (from being profoundly deaf, BSL users or hard of hearing).

Pam Spicer
120 Thorpe Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1RT

Tel: 01603 404440

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

Racing Welfare

We offer professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and support staff whose dedication is vital for the wellbeing of racing. Our work aims to help people, from recruitment to retirement, to thrive in day to day life and through a range of challenges specific to a career in racing. We have a national network of Welfare Officers based in regional offices. Our head office is in Newmarket. We support current and retired racing staff, and their families.

Kathryn Whiteway
20c Park Lane
Newmarket
Suffolk
CB8 8QD

Tel: 01638 560763

Reading Voluntary Action

Ready Friends is a project run by Reading Voluntary Action to support and encourage befriending in Reading. It does this by: - promoting existing befriending schemes - recruiting volunteers interested in befriending and supporting them to find a suitable role - holding befriending forums where partners, stakeholders and funders can share ideas and best practice. Ready Friends is funded by The Earley Charity.

Rhiannon Stocking-Williams
Third Floor, Reading Central Library
READING
Berkshire
RG1 3BQ

Tel: 0118 9372 273

Red Zebra Community Solutions

Red Zebra is a local infrastructure organisation, working with residents and organisations to improve opportunities and services for people in communities in Kent. Current services include volunteer-led transport and gardening for older people and those with disabilities, and social prescribing. Many people using these services are socially isolated and have told us they would like to be able to access a befriending service, so we are developing a service and aiming to launch it in early 2018.

Paul Chapman
124
Middle Wall
Whitstable
Kent
CT5 1BW

Tel: 01227 262313

Redbridge Befriending Project (East London)

Redbridge Befriending Project. recruits and trains volunteers to offer 1:1 social support to people with mental health problems. Our aim is to reduce isolation, increase social activity and support service users in their recovery journey. Volunteers do not need experience but a willingness to learn and an interest in mental health however it is a necessity to have a non judgemental attitude, patience and reliability. This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to embark on a career in Psychology or Health and Social Care field

Martina Chana
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
98-100 Ilford Lane
Ilford
Essex
IG1 2LD

Tel: 0208 924 1476

Redbridge Carers Support Service

Redbridge Carers Support Service supports unpaid carers over the age of 17 years old in Redbridge. Carers look after a partner, friend or relative who has physical or mental health difficulties, a learning disability, alcohol or substance misuse, or is ill, frail or elderly. RCSS aims to make a positive difference to the lives of carers by providing them with a range of services, support and recognition e.g. information/advice, training, ongoing support, support groups, health activities.

Emma Smart
12 Clements Court
Clements Lane
Ilford
Essex
RM6 4PN

Tel: 02085146251

Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service

This project provides a service to people with dementia who are living independently, attending day services, going through transition into residential or nursing care as well as those already living in long term care settings. Redbridge Dementia Befriending Service volunteers will facilitate the person with dementia to continue doing what interests them or to help them to participate in activities that will help to reduce their isolation and improve their general well being.

Jodie Roast
One Place East
98-100 Ilford Lane
Ilford
Essex
IG1 2LD

Tel: 02089252435

Rother Voluntary Action

Rother Voluntary Action supports the community and voluntary sector of Rother and undertakes community development projects including befriending and good neighbour schemes.

Jan Cutting
47 London Road
Bexhill
E Sussex
TN39 3JY

Tel: 01424 217259

ScotsCare

For over 400 years ScotsCare has been helping Scots and the children of Scots, here in London. In addition to our befriending service, (which is open to adults of all ages living within a 35 mile radius of Charing Cross) we offer other types of support including financial assistance for those on a low income, advocacy, housing for the over 55's, regular social events and more!

Louise Davies
22 City Road
London
EC1Y 2AJ

Tel: 0207 240 3718

Sight Concern Bedfordshire

SCB is a local, independent charity which aims to enhance the independence and quality of life of blind and partially sighted people, in Bedfordshire and Luton. We support people from all backgrounds and cultures.We cater for people of all ages from teenagers to elderly. If you have a sight or severe sight impairment, that cannot be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses, SCB may be able to assist you. You do not have to be registered as sight impaired or

Joanna Clark
Ground Floor
116,Bromham Rd
Bedford
Beds
Mk40 2QN

Tel: 01234 311555

Tandem

An independent charity offering befriending partnerships to people recovering from a period of mental ill-health in Oxford City and nearby. We support about 20 partnerships each year, and run a weekly social group. Our aim is to support people while they regain confidence and start to pick up the social networks and activities they previously engaged in.

Prue Sykes
The Michael Young Building, Restore
Manzil Way, Cowley Road
Oxford
Oxon
OX4 1YH

Tel: 07756 815152

Thanet Volunteer Bureau Good Neighbours Service

The Thanet Volunteer Bureau Good Neighbours Service is a befriending service for older people (over 60) living in the Thanet area. We provide volunteers of all ages to make regular visits to the same client usually on a weekly basis. This visit can simply be a chat and a cup of tea, a walk to the local café, or the volunteer can drive them to a supermarket and help them round for their shopping needs.

Rebecca Bullivant
Thanet Volunteer Bureau, Kent Innovation Centre
Millennium Way
Thanet Reach Business Park
Broadstairs
Kent
CT10 2QQ

Tel: 01843 609335

The Bridge Renewal Trust

The Bridge Renewal Trust is a charity based in South Tottenham that started in the autumn of 2009. Our main purpose is to deliver practical ways that people can live healthier lives – thus playing our part in working towards reducing health inequalities.

Imelda Mullins
Laurels Healthy Living Centre
256 St Anns's Road
London
London
N15 5AZ

Tel: 020 8442 7640

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

The Volunteer Link Scheme

We are a befriending charity based in the London Borough of Ealing. We support people who are isolated and lonely due to physical or sensory disability, dementia, or due to mental health problems. We also support carers who are isolated due to their caring role and need a break. We train volunteers who visit people once a week for a couple of hours, to help them get out of the house, or to spend time with them at home, or to allow a carer to have a break.

Rachel Hill
Boundary House
Boston Road
London
W7 2QE

Tel: 02084343564

The Wimbledon Guild of Social Welfare

We work in the London Borough of Merton with some of the most vulnerable and socially isolated members of our community. We match volunteer befrienders with older people who live independently. Befrienders can offer company, conversation and maybe some practical help with everyday things too. For many of our befriending clients, a visit from a befriender may be the only visit they may have all week so makes a real difference!

Annabella Dudziec
30/32 Worple Road
London
SW20 8QQ

Tel: 0208 946 0735

Time to Talk Befriending

We are a local charity rooted in the Sussex Communities we serve. We offer a personalised model of intergenerational befriending, signposting and advice. We work with vulnerable older people aged 65+ who experience chronic loneliness and social isolation. We are motivated by our belief that older people should be honoured and respected, not hidden away and forgotten by society. Starting as a grassroots project in 2012, formerly established in 2013 we became a small charity in November 2014. With steady growth, we support over 200 members, we have a bespoke school befriending programme, encourage peer-to-peer relationships and provide group befriending for people who are particularly isolated.

Emily Kenward
Units 7 & 8 West Werks
41-43 Portland Road
Hove
East Sussex
BN3 5DQ

Tel: 01273 737710

Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

We provide befriending services to isolated, vulnerable people, particularly the elderly, in the borough of Tower Hamlets. We have paid befrienders and volunteers and our services are free to our clients. The core service is home visits to provide practical and emotional support.

Rajesh Kalhan
St Margaret's House
21 Old Ford Road
London
E2 9PL

Tel: 020 8983 7979

Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry

The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry is jointly operated by Queen Mary University of London and East London NHS Foundation Trust. The Unit is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (for Mental Health Service Development worldwide) and a NIHR Global Health Group, doing extensive research about volunteering in mental health.

Mariana Pinto da Costa
WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development
Newham Centre for Mental Health
London
E138SP

Tel: 07423219017

West Kent Befriending Service

The West Kent Befriending Service is a project of Age UK Maidstone. We help to reduce the loneliness and isolation felt by so many older people, both at home and within their local communities. We are a volunteer led service offering free face to face visits to our members, providing companionship and friendship with opportunities to join in local social activities.

Wendy Pfeiffer
Age UK Maidstone
7 Mill Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME156XW

Tel: 07808711353

Wycombe Refugee Partnership

WRP is a concerned multicultural group working together with loving kindness to help resettle refugees in the Wycombe area. rnHow we helprn• When a family is referred to us, we interview the refugee who is alreadyrnin the UK, checking that they have legal status and leave to remain andrnthe family is in genuine financial need.rn• We seek out a privately rented house or flat for them and lend them therndeposit and up to two months’ rent, then appeal for donations ofrnfurniture and furnishings.rn• We furn

Nasheeda Mariyam
139 Totteridge Lane
139 Totteridge Lane
High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire
HP13 7PG

Tel: 07886817280