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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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Found 42 results in Greater Glasgow & Clyde.  New Search

Abbeyfield Strathgryffe Society

residential care home for older adults. Provide a volunteer befriending service to our residents.

Jackie Weston
Abbeyfield Strathgryffe Society
Campbell Snowdon House, Torr Road, Quarrier's Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3TE

Tel: 01505614350

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
EH11 1DQ

Tel: 0131 243 1453

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
199 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3EX

Tel: 0141 954 7776

Barnardo's Nurture Services Inverclyde

We offer support to children and their families affected by poverty and facing severe adversities, in Inverclyde, Scotland. Our services include: 1. individuals/family support through home visits or at the service's centre 2. Practical help, advice and advocacy, e.g., housing, money. 3. Group work with children and parents (babies' group, pre-natal group, mums' group, dads' group) 4. Parenting programmes 5. Volunteer befriending and parent mentoring 6. Volunteer group activities with children facing difficulties and their siblings

Hannah Burns
9 Terrace Road
PA15 1DJ

Tel: 01475 728493

Ben View Resource Centre

Lorna Wark
Strathleven Place
West Dunbartonshire
G82 1BA

Tel: 01389 733030

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
EH10 7DS

Tel: 0131 445 5590

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
CF15 7RG

Tel: 02920815854

Children 1st

Children 1st delivers relational based family support services underpinned by a strength based approach. Our support staff work together with and listen to children, young people, their families and communities to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people. In Glasgow we recruit, train and support volunteer befrienders to match with children and young people as part of our 'whole family' approach.

Carole Nicol
8000 Academy Park
Gower Street
G51 1PR

Tel: 0141 419 1150

CHSS - Heart Failure Support Service, Glasgow

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information and support in the community. The Heart Failure Support Service provides one to one befriending for those living with heart failure as well as facilitating patient and carer meetings and a quarterly newsletter.

Joanne Robison
Third Floor, Rosebery House
9 Haymarket Terrace
EH12 5EZ

Tel: 07760 765319

Cosgrove Care

Established for over 50 years, we are a local charity providing high quality services to children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues. Our volunteers are a vital part of the services we provide to people with disabilities and additional support needs.

Lauren Jarvis
The Walton Community Care Centre
May Terrace, Giffnock
G46 6LD

Tel: 0141 620 2500

Deaf Connections

Deaf Connections is the leading voluntary organisation delivering specialist services to adult deaf people across Scotland. We are committed to enabling deaf people to participate fully in the community to make equality and fairness a normal feature of their everyday lives. We want to empower deaf people to make decisions about things which affect them most. Exclusion from a wide range of mainstream services and opportunities continues to drive the development of our new services.

Jennifer McAllister
100 Norfolk St
Glasgow City
G5 9EJ

Tel: 01414202820

East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Befriending Service

We provide a one-to-one volunteer befriending service to socially isolated and vulnerable adults living in East Dunbartonshire. Also offer a telephone and letter writing service to those for whom face-to-face relationships would be difficult. In addition we now also operated Befriending Plus, Hospital to Home & HOPE Buddies befriending.

Anne McIlvain
Units 4&5, 18-20 Townhead
East Dunbartonshire
G66 1NL

Tel: 0141 578 6680

Epilepsy Connections

The aim of the project is to help develop the quality of life of people isolated by epilepsy by promoting well-being through social involvement. Affording people the opportunity to form a trusting relationship will enable them to build self-confidence, access local resources, participate in a range of activities and lead a more independent life - We offer a one to one befriending service and also group befriending, where appropriate, alongside our monthly social meet up, 'Friends Connected'.

Scott Coyne
100 Wellington Street
G2 6DH

Tel: 0141 248 4125


5 Care homes providing care for ex-servicemen and women Our Mission; “To enable members of the ex-Service community to get the best care and support to achieve maximum quality of life”. Vision: “To be recognized as the leading ex-Service charity in Scotland”

Diane McAllister
Erskine Home

Tel: 0141 814 4689


Community Connectors is a free and confidential service, connecting older people and their carers to local services, facilities and activities, providing them with tailored and informed support. We currently take referrals for people in areas covered by Shettleston, Queen’s Cross and Southside Housing Associations. For full referral criteria, to make a referral or to refer yourself, or to become one of our Buddy Volunteers please visit call 0141 271 2320

Gillian McCamley
11 Queens Crescent
G3 6HP

Tel: 0141 271 2304

Glasgow East End Community Carers

The Older Carers Befriending Service addresses the needs of carers in the East End of Glasgow. We aim to reduce isolation and encourage community engagement by supporting them to form new relationships, in order to raise their esteem, confidence and improve mental health and well-being. Volunteers are matched with the carer and meet weekly. They receive comprehensive training, ongoing support, supervision and out of pocket expenses. Involvement improves skills, confidence and job prospects

Doreen Hogg
Academy House
1346 Shettleston Road
G32 9AT

Tel: 0141 764 0050

Good Morning Service

Good Morning Service supports older people by building trust and meaningful relationships via the telephone, 365 days a year. It also alerts an emergency contact person or the police to potential health problems when a Good Morning Call remains unanswered. Older people are, and feel, connected, safer and valued. To join call Laura, befriending manager, on 0141 336 7766 or email (Please use only one @)

Nicky Thomson
Flemington House
110 FLemington St
G21 4BF

Tel: 0141 336 7766


Karen Moyes
7 Sandyford Place
G3 7NB

Tel: 01412219924

Govan Help & Education Link Project

Govan Home and Education Link Project is a Family Education Support Project based in Govan Road Campus. We offer a range of supports to families from the Primary schools and Pre-5 establishments of Govan Learning Community. We are in the process of developing a Befriending Service for children and young people, which will be launched in December 2015.

Annie Achurch
C/o Govan Road Campus
635 Govan Road
G51 2BN

Tel: 0141 445 6481

Independent Age

Independent Age is a growing charity helping thousands of older people across the UK and Ireland to live more fulfilling lives. Founded 150 years ago, we are committed to making a positive impact through the "ABC" of Advice, Befriending and Campaigning. Our network of volunteers provide much needed company and support to older people, whether it's face-to-face or over the Telephone. All our volunteers are trained and checked.

Gerry Kiernan
18 Avonmore Road
W14 8RL

Tel: 0141 812 6334

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


Nicola waller
16 Rylees Road
G52 4DF

Tel: 07498730974


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.

Inspiring Scotland,
Riverside House
502 Gorgie Road
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

Tel: 0131 550 1560

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street

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
G21 4SF

Tel: 0141 387 6390

National Autistic Society - Person to Person service

The Person to Person service provides short term help, advice and support to allow an adult with autism to move forward with an area of their life. Examples include: to reduce isolation, to reach a goal, help in meetings/at work etc. In particular we can offer e-befriending, telephone befriending and some short term face to face befriending.

Fiona Couper
Central Chambers (1st Floor)
109 Hope Street
G2 6LL

Tel: 07768 855275

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
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

Tel: 020 7387 0543


The Carers Choice Service offers carers an opportunity to have a short break from caring, through offering a Volunteer Befriender to spend time with the person they are caring for. Carers may wish to have some quality time to themselves, catching up with friends or enjoying activities out with their caring role. Carers may also wish to use this time to access hospice based activities and support.

G5 9TD

Tel: 0141 429 9833

Quarriers Volunteer Centre

Giving people both support and independence is one of the things that makes Quarriers so special. We take person-centred approach, improving many thousands of lives across the country. We give independence to people with a disability and breathing space to families under pressure. We give hope to young people requiring educational support, and housing assistance to the young people who need it most. We give much-needed respite breaks to carers and vital back up to people with epilepsy.

Louise McGinty
Quarriers Head Office, Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX

Tel: 01505 616109

Rainbow Care Volunteer Project

We provide a Befriending Service, Welfare Benefit, information and advice for vulnerable older people and older people with disabilities. We will be launching our new Mobile Befriending Service to enable beneficiaries to have support to finance appointments, shopping, organise holidays, visit family/friends or visit place of worship. We recruit volunteers to provide the above services to beneficiaries.

Alison Anderson
556 Boydstone Road
G46 8HP

Tel: 0141328 9594

Renfrewshire Council

The Befriending Scheme is a social work managed scheme that provides volunteer befrienders for children and young people aged 8-16 years who are experiencing difficulties in their community, social isolation, or family issues. Volunteer befrienders are trained and selected to befriend a child/young person. They build up relationships with the child/young person by spending time listening and talking to them or just sharing time doing a hobby or pastime they both enjoy.

Paul Kyprianou
Social Work Services
Abbey House
8 Seedhill Road

Tel: 0141 618 2540

Roar - Connections for Life

Roar - Connections for life is a registered Charity and Ltd Company. Our vision is to connect lives and build communities to promote health and well-being. We provide 1:1 befriending and phone befriending to older people in their own home. We also deliver a range of health and well-being clubs and projects throughout Renfrewshire. Our services are delivered by volunteers, coordinated and supported by a small staff team.

Nicola Hanssen
West End Community Centre
5a Underwood Lane

Tel: 01418897481

Rutherglen/Cambuslang Young Persons Befriending Project

Rutherglen/Cambuslang Young Persons Befriending Project provides a befriending service to young people between the age of 8-18 who are at risk of being accommodated.

Angie Martin
Cambuslang Family centre
5a Johnson Drive
G72 8JR

Tel: 0141 646 1008

The No1 Befriending Agency

The No1 Befriending Agency helps people live fuller better lives in their homes by providing a companionship service to older adults. Our service provides one-to-one befriending to those who may be lonely, physically or socially isolated from friends and family. We are a Social Enterprise registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to improving the quality of life of all the people we support. ​ Our Mission We reduce loneliness and isolation. We provide compassionate social support promoting inclusion and reorientation.

Audrey Mutongi
18 Orkney Street
Govan Enterprise Centre
G51 2BN

Tel: 0141 4656998

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

Tron St Mary's Family Support Project

Family support project offering befriending/mentoring support to the community of Balornock and nearby surrounding area in North Glasgow.

margaret Finlay
128 Red Road
G21 4PJ

Tel: 07940005536

Volunteer Centre Inverclyde / The Trust

Volunteer Centre Inverclyde takes referrals from 18+ age group. All groups/issues considered.

Karen Wilkie
7 1/2 John Wood Street
Port Glasgow
PA14 5HU

Tel: 01475 553366

West Dunbartonshire CVS

Befriending support for the elderly

Frank Gow and Selina Ross
Arcadia Business Centre
Miller Lane
G81 1UJ

Tel: 0141 941 0886

Young Person's Befriending Service

To provide a quality service to young people aged 8-18 who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Whether this is because of unusual pressures in the family, difficulties at school or some other factor, the Service is designed to offer the young person support and an opportunity for "time out" having fun.

Jean Inglis
Volunteer Glasgow
Abbey House, 10 Bothwell St
1st Floor
G2 6LU

Tel: 01412263431