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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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4 Centres CIC

We work in Hastings, East Sussex developing and managing services needed by local residents to improve their health, education, employment and overall well-being. Our neighbourhood volunteers work in the community helping to reduce isolation and providing practical support. The service enables local people to help one another increasing community resilience. To find out about volunteering, email graham@4centrescic.co.uk or ring 07507 408097.

Robin Hill
361 Priory Road
Hastings
TN34 3NW

Tel: 01424 728731

Age Concern Eastbourne

Our mission is to enhance and improve the experience of people aged 50+ in Eastbourne and the surrounding area through the delivery of first class activities, services, information and advice designed to promote wellbeing for all.

Lisa Gillette
The Venton Centre
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 3QY

Tel: 01323 638474

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

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

Buckinghamshire County Council

Localities and Safer Communities

Graham White
New County Hall
6th Floor
Walton Street
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1UA

Tel: 07917210597

BucksVision

Lisa Kennet
143 Meadowcroft
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP19 9HH

Tel: 01296 487556

BuddyHub

BuddyHub creates social networks of like-minded new friends for older people to alleviate and prevent loneliness and isolation. We call this new social network a Friendship Wheel. We're running our pilot in Islington and are looking for Buddies living close to our Seniors to join their Friendship Wheels. BuddyHub is a great way to help an older person stay connected and get to know new people in their community. To be a Buddy sign up here: http://goo.gl/DqrSG7 If you're a Senior living in Islington and would like a Friendship Wheel please sign up here http://www.buddyhub.co.uk/ or call Catherine on 07879 404396.

Catherine McClen
252A
Liverpool Road
London
N1 1LG

Tel: +447879404396

Building Futures Together

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

NASREEN AKHTAR
TBA
SLOUGH
BERKSHIRE

Tel: 07460 664620

Camden Carers Centre

Camden Carers Service (CCS) is a partnership between Camden Carers Centre and Centre 404. CCS offers advice, support and activities for family and unpaid carers across the borough. Our priorities are to: offer the help and advice that carers need find new carers not yet receiving support, or whose needs have changed make sure that carers have a voice in planning services

Azka Sohail
Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre
Belmont Street
London
NW1 8HF

Tel: 020 7428 8950

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

Community Impact Bucks

Help communities and community groups to develop thrive and become sustainable within the county of Buckinghamshire through a variety of services and bespoke support.

Deborah Game
6 Centre Parade
Place Farm Way
Monks Risborough
Buckinghamshire
HP27 9JS

Tel: 0300 111 1250

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

Keeping Good Company

Keeping Good Company offers telephone-based companionship & personal development for the isolated and lonely elderly of our community. We’re proudly a low-tech solution for a fundamental human need

Derek Gallimore
64 Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 0AS

Tel:

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 Harrop
Crown Chambers
South Street
Andover
Hampshire
sp10 2bn

Tel: 01264 322411

NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY

trudi clay
Volunteer Development
PO BOX 6204
THATCHAM
Berkshire
RG19 9FQ

Tel: 01635 869068

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

Opening Doors London

The ODL Befriending Service is aimed at people who: - Are over the age of 50 who identify as LGBT* -Live in any London borough -Have a limited social network who would like to reconnect with the LGBT* community -Live in a residential care home who would like an LGBT* friendly visitor The service matches a volunteer with an older person for regular social contact.

Paul Webley
Tavis House
1 - 6 Tavistock Square
London
Wc1H 9NA

Tel: 020 7239 0400

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

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.

Demelza Hookway
Third Floor, Reading Central Library
READING
Berkshire
RG1 3BQ

Tel: 0118 9372 273

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 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
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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

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

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: 01865 724225

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
Foresters Hall
Meeting Street
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 9RT

Tel: 01843 590935

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 Sunnybank Trust

The Sunnybank Trust is an Epsom based charity working with adults and young people with learning disabilities. We cover the borough of Epsom and Ewell and the surrounding areas and provide a range of services including a befriending scheme. The charity was started in 1989 when a group of local people offered friendship and support to many of the ex-patients of the old Epsom hospitals as they were moved into the community.

Lesley Scott
c/c St Barnabas Church
Temple Road
Epsom
Surrey
KT19 8HA

Tel: 01372749871

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

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

Turn2us

We are a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support

Lynne Regan
Hythe House
200 Shepherds Bush Road
Hammersmith
London
England
W6 7NL

Tel: 020 8834 9274