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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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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 hope you can consider offering a little time to make a big difference to people living with dementia and their families. We have Community Befriending Projects in the following areas; Fife, Midlothian, Borders, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Kilmarnock. All our volunteers receive excellent training and on going support.

Julie Penn
160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ

Tel: 0131 551 9356

Amina MWRC

Amina MWRC is a Scottish Charity run by women who aim to promote the social welfare of minority ethnic (predominately) Muslim women to enable them to participate in all aspects of society. Our Telephone Befriending service aims to provide support to socially isolated BME and Muslim Women. The service is tailored with a faith based & culturally sensitive approach. Our trained telephone Befrienders provide emotional support through weekly conversation on the phone. Through time, this helps individuals to achieve greater independence and self-confidence.

Shazia Nadeem
Citywall House, 32 Eastwood Ave
G41 3NS

Tel: 0141 212 8420

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.

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

Tel: 02920815854

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

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

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

The aim of the service is to challenge loneliness and social isolation and to improve the quality of life of our clients throughout East Dunbartonshire. We do this by providing a range of befriending services to vulnerable adults who would benefit from companionship and increased interaction with others. The service delivers one to one befriending, group befriending, a telephone service, as well as hosting several social events each year.

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

Tel: 0141 3450432

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

Equal Futures

Equal Futures was set up by a group of parents who have a family member with learning disabilities. Our purpose is to alleviate loneliness and isolation for people. We do this by setting up informal networks of friendship which we call Circles. The Circle helps the person with disabilities do what really matters to them. This might be social activities or achieving a goal. The Circle can be pro-active in anticipating changes; such as times of transition. They will help to find solutions.

Alison Roy
Hayweight House
23 Lauriston Street
City of Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 281 7367


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

Food Train Friends

Food Train offers a befriending service called Food Train Friends in Dumfries & Galloway, Dundee City and Glasgow. We offer telephone befriending, 1-2-1 home visits (with matched befrienders) and trips out (group outings) for our members. Our service aim to reduce loneliness and social isolation. PLEASE NOTE: The Quality in Befriending Award relates to Food Train Friends Dumfries and Galloway service.

Scott McGill
Hestan Southwest
The Crichton
Bankend Road
Dumfries & Galloway

Tel: 01387270800


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’s Golden Generation

Karen Moyes
7 Sandyford Place
G3 7NB

Tel: 01412219924

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

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


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

Kibble Education and Care Centre

Kibble is Scotland’s specialist provider of services for at risk children and young people. Kibble's Voluntary Service aims to bring together the young people in Kibble and the local community, through a range of volunteering opportunities. These opportunities include an Independent Visitors' Scheme and Befriending Scheme where volunteers may visit and chat with a young person and perhaps share a hobby or interest. If you would like to more information please email

Marie Gray
Goudie Street

Tel: 0141 889 0044

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
Suite 2/6A Brook Street Studio
60 Brook Street
G40 2AB

Tel: 0800 783 7770

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 Mcgrevey
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

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

Scotland Versus Arthritis

There are over 200 different forms of arthritis and we know how much strength it takes to live with arthritis. When you need support, we are here to help in whatever way you need us – on the phone, online or in person. . Versus Arthritis offers a range of services aimed at providing support and information to people of all ages. 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.

Marion MacNeil
Edward House
199 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3EX

Tel: 0141 954 7776

Speech Language Communication Company

We are a Scottish registered charity which represents the interests of children and young adults with lived experience of communication impairments, working towards their inclusion in society and supporting their parents and carers.

42-44 Castle Street

Tel: +441382202644

STAR Project

STAR Project is an award winning community organisation, delivering sustainable and positive social outcomes in the North End of Paisley and beyond. Established in 1999, employing a person centred approach we deliver group and individual supports consistent with local/national Strategy to build safer, more connected and resilient families and communities. Our Community Friends Befriending Scheme aims to provide volunteer befrienders to draw alongside individuals/families in the local community, offering both support and friendship. This support may be short or long term.

Sam Roberts
STAR Project
12-14 Wallace Street

Tel: 01418895850

The Linda Tremble Foundation

We offer help and support to anyone over 18, carer or sufferer, who is affected by an eating disorder. Run Peer-to-Peer groups Offer Befriending and mentoring Provide private therapies

Mrs E Anne Tremble
c/c Fife Voluntary Action
Craig Mitchell House
Flemington Road

Tel: 07815 799397

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
1 Cadogan Square, formerly:
51 Cadogan Street
G2 7HF

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

Trust Befriending - Inverclyde Community Development Trust

Trust Befriending Inverclyde offers volunteer delivered social support to vulnerable adults with community care needs over the age of 18 in Inverclyde

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