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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 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

BeFriend in Bellshill

BeFriend in Bellshill is part of the multi-activity Orbiston Neigbourhood Centre. Our volunteers befriend elderly or disabled members of our communty in Bellshill and surrounding area, who experience loneliness or isolation. We aim, with the willingness of our volunteers, to provide companionship and support, to increase the confidence and self esteem of our befriendees. Our befrienders visit at home, usually weekly. They will spend some time, typically an hour or so with, and talk with their host. Where appropriate they can accompany their friend on short outings to shops etc.

Mary Murphy
BeFriend in Bellshill
Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre/Utheo Ltd
Busby Road

Tel: 01698 573251

Befriend Motherwell

Befriend Motherwell, provides 1:1 matches for elderly isolated, volunteers will visit them regularly within their home, getting them out when possible. We also have groups within sheltered housing complexes where we run activities and outings, our aim with this is to help individuals make friends within their new surroundings. We are currently developing some intergenerational work, we have recently liaised with local secondary schools, to have young people join in and support the activities within the complexes. This so far has been very successful, and beneficial to both age groups. We offer all our volunteers an ongoing variety of training to help make their role easier and more rewarding.

Liz Magunnigal
Befriend Motherwell
Dalziel St. Andrews Church
43-47 Merry Street
North Lanarkshire

Tel: 01698 440 180

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


Charity for Older People. Providing Day Support Groups, Social Groups, Befriending, Community Transport, Men Shed groups, Sporting Memories..

Ann Drain
Suite 4, Arca Business Centre
Dunnswood House, Dunnswood Rd
Wardpark South
G67 2DP

Tel: 01236 451393

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

COVEY Befriending (Hamilton)

COVEY offers support to vulnerable young people aged 7-18 in South Lanarkshire. Through,one to one befriending, groups activities and giving opportunity for young people to become volunteers with us, we aim to ease their journey into adulthood.

Rhoda Reid
Regent House
9 High Patrick Street

Tel: 01698 894013

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

Elim Befriending Service

We are a Christian organisation who have set up a befriending service to reach out to our local community. To reach those who are isolated and alone whether through bereavement, poor health, we are also currently developing a friendship circle and drop in day for people with learning disabilities. All our staff are volunteers.

Agnes Cleland
Elim Christian Centre
Airbles Road
North Lanarkshire

Tel: 07949208942

Getting Better Together

Shotts & Wishaw Friends Together supports older adults and carers over 55 yrs to actively engage with their community across Wishaw, Shotts and Airdrie Locality of North Lanarkshire. We offer 1:1 Community Befriending Home Visiting Befriending Group Befriending Telephone Befriending Daily Well Being Calls.

Christine McNally
Shotts Healthy Learning Centre
Kirk Road
North Lanarkshire

Tel: 01501 825800

Hands On Project (LEAP)

Hands On Project works in a number of communities within the South Lanarkshire area. The project forms part of LEAP (Lightburn Elderly Association Project) which is a Scottish charity based in Halfway, Cambuslang. We provide a free befriending and handyperson service to people over the age of 50 who are lonely and isolated and who are experiencing difficulties due to their health condition.

Georgie Madden
197 Hamilton Road
G72 7PJ

Tel: 0141 641 5169

Healthy Valleys

Healthy Valleys is a community lead health improvement charity and company limited by guarantee. We deliver support services to children, young people, adults and older people living in rural South Lanarkshire.

Kate Williamson
Lockhart Community Hub
Whitelees Road
ML11 7RX

Tel: 01555662496

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

Jewish Care Scotland

Visit elderly clients in their own homes in E Ren/Glasgow area on a 121 basis. People accessing service are socially isolated, disabled &/or frail or have been identified as needing support & benefit from visits &, where appropriate, outings. Min 2 hours per month, Mon-Fri office hours PVG check required •Maintain confidentiality relating to clients, their families & staff •Improve quality of life & reduce social isolation •Awareness of clients’ needs •Good communication & listening skills •Punctual & reliable, committed & flexible, helpful, caring & friendly •Volunteers should be fit & able to travel •Reimbursement of expenses •Knowledge that every visit improves client’s quality of life & raises self-esteem & confidence

Ellen McVey
The Walton Community Care Centre
May Terrace
G46 6LD

Tel: 0141 620 1800

Kilbryde Hospice

Kilbryde Hospice is a voluntary independent hospice in South Lanarkshire which exists to provide specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting progressive illnesses and to their carers.Befrienders are an integral part of the Care@Home project which provides emotional support to individuals who are unable to attend our Day Services/Drop In at Kilbryde Hospice. A befriender offers informal support and companionship which extends the individual's support circle and broadens the opportunities available to them. Befrienders are matched on a one-one basis with the aim of sharing common interests and activities. Befrienders are recruited and trained to deliver this support to socially isolated people in South Lanarkshire.

Sine Macdonald
McGuinness Way
East Kilbride
G75 8GJ

Tel: 01355 202020

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

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

St Andrews Hospice

St Andrews Hospice provides palliative care for the people of Lanarkshire. The' Palliative Care at Home ' team can provide emotional support by a specialist nurse for patients and carers and a befriending service provided by volunteer befrienders

Lorraine MacAlpine
Henderson St

Tel: 01236766951

Strathcarron Hospice

Independant hospice with inpatient beds, day services and community services. Befriending and carer support for people facing last year of life regardless of diagnosis. This service is independent of other hospice services.

Susan High
Randolph Hill

Tel: 01324 826222

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

Volunteering Matters North Lanarkshire Befriending Project

The Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV) North Lanarkshire Befriending Project attracts, trains and vets volunteers to be matched up with young people aged 8-18 who are referred by their social worker with a variety of presenting issues. One-to-one befriending is offered for 12 months and outings in the community take place once a week or fortnight.

Arlaine Barbour
Office 7
Evans Business Centre
Bellshill Industrial Estate
North Lanarkshire

Tel: 01698 574 575