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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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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

Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company

Here 2 Help is a project of the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company. Here 2 Help provides both a face to face and a telephone befriending service to local people who may be lonely or isolated due to age, or a physical or mental health condition. Referrals can be made via phone, email or by completing our application form.

Helen Morris
2 Inverewe
Grampian Road
PH22 1RH

Tel: 01479 810004

Befrienders Highland Ltd

Befrienders Highland provides a volunteer befriending service to adults (18+) who have experienced a mental health problem and are isolated or lonely. This is carried out face to face or by telephone, letter or e mail. We also offer a befriending service to people recently diagnosed with Dementia and Carers of those with Dementia.

Rebecca Wallace
Befrienders Highland Ltd
1st Floor Academy House
Academy Street

Tel: 01463 712791

Befrienders: Argyll and Bute

Befrienders works with children and young people aged 8-16 with a range of needs.

Cathi Bertin
PO Box 9576
PA31 9BB

Tel: 01546 603144

Befriending Caithness

Befriending Caithness is a befriending service which offers older isolated adults in Caithness a chance to meet a friendly face on a weekly basis. Referrals to the service can be made from health professionals, social workers, voluntary organisations, families and also self referrals. Once matched our volunteers visit in the persons home on a weekly basis and can go on shopping trips with them or accompany them to appointments depending on the individual needs of that person.

Angie House
Telford House
Williamson Street

Tel: 01955 609962

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

CHSS - Heart Failure Support Service, Inverness

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.

June Macleod
5 Mealmarket Close

Tel: 01463701196

Community Care Assynt Ltd

Community Care Assynt (CCA) is a charity working in Assynt, Sutherland, providing services to older people as well as adults with disabilities or health problems. We help local residents fulfill their personal, social and economic potential and overcome barriers they face due to age, health or disability issues. We are based at the Assynt Centre in Lochinver, a local health and wellbeing hub for all in our wider community.

Monika Strell
Assynt Centre
Kirk Road
IV27 4LT

Tel: 01571844144

Cowal Elderly Befrienders SCIO

Cowal Elderly Befriending Scheme offers a range of befriending services to elderly people in rural areas. From one-to-one visiting out and about on a wheelchair accessible minibus to telephone and peer-befriending.

Robin Miller
128 John Street
PA23 7BN

Tel: 01369 704985

Highland Hospice

At Highland Hospice we aim to support people, their families and carers, living with an advancing, life shortening illness in the Highlands to live the best possible life and to prepare for and experience the best possible death. Highland Hospice Helping Hands service is a volunteer delivered befriending service. It provides social and practical support tailored to the individuals needs within their own home/community.

Susan Smith
1 Bishops Road

Tel: 01463 24332 ext 241

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

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

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

Sutherland Care Forum [SCIO]

Sutherland Care Forum works to ensure the well-being of Service users and carers of all ages in East and Central Sutherland. It also makes sure that local groups and individuals are informed about Community Care. It runs a befriending service, Friends at Home, to help people made vulnerable through illness or disability who would benefit from a friendly visit, help with small tasks, trips to shops, medical appointments, social activities. The service is run through a team of volunteers.

Barbara Watson
IV27 4ED

Tel: 01549 402406

The Leanne Fund

The Leanne Fund wants to significantly improve the lives of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and their families by helping those affected by the illness to live a full and rewarding life within their communities. This will be achieved by providing individuals and families with social, practical, emotional and financial assistance when they need it and enabling families to enjoy special times together - creating happy memories.

Chrisetta Mitchell
36 Point Street
Isle of Lewis
Eilean Siar

Tel: 01851702020

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

Visiting Service for the North of Scotland

Which will help and assist in alleviating the loneliness and isolation of older people living in the community within the north of Scotland by arranging visits to their homes or elsewhere by appropriately trained volunteers

Alan Michael
28 Culloden Road

Tel: 01463-790410

Voluntary Action Lochaber

Housing support and befriending for those who are under threat of being made homeless or are homeless. Befriending outreach for Lochaber area

Flora Mckee
An Drochaid
Claggan Road
Fort William
PH33 6PH

Tel: 01397700740