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Welcome to Befriending Networks' Media Centre. Befriending offers a supportive, trusting relationship through volunteer befrienders to people throughout all sections of the community who are socially isolated or facing difficulties in their lives. Befriending Networks operates a large, national network of projects active or interested in befriending.

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A Reception at Downing Street

30 Jan Rohini Corfield from member Voluntary Action South Leicester Community Champions was privileged to be invited by her local MP Neil O’Brien to a reception at 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Tracey Crouch MP as Minister for Loneliness.

A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

23 Jan See the transcript of the debate, held in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18th January 2018.

Befrienders Beat Loneliness

01 Nov Andy McArthur is one of the volunteer befrienders working with St Andrew’s Hospice Befriending Project, Lanarkshire. He regularly visits William, providing company and companionship.

"Living the dream". A story about befriending

25 Oct

How loneliness is bad for your health

19 Sep Daily Mail piece on the Loneliness in Scotland: A National Summit held in Edinburgh 6th September 2016.

Befrienders recognised by Parliament

25 Nov Margaret Mitchell MSP attends a joint Befriending Week 2015 event by Befriend in Bellshill and Befreind Motherwell and then raises a motion in Scottish Parliament to recognise their work and the Befriending Networks Thunderclap campaign.

Chief encounters: Liz Watson from Befriending Networks

10 Nov Third Force News profile of CEO of Befriending Networks, Liz Watson


17 Jan Come along and enjoy "Befriending Rocks" - a celebration of befriending in the company of two of the finest live bands around - Panda Trap and Chil. The event will take place from 8pm in Teviot Underground, Bristo Square Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd February 2013. Entry by donation. All welcome. Disabled access. You can also enjoy our Befriending Week exhibition, which will be on display. Come and celebrate the power of one-to-one in tackling loneliness!! For further information please contact Sandra Brown on 0131 261 8799 or sandra@befriending.co.uk

Conference Report 2012: Befriending and Loneliness

11 Jan Conference report 2012 now available to download from Publications section of website

Befriending Network Scotland's Response To Alex Salmond's Parliamentary Opening Speech

03 Jun

Befriending Manifesto for 2011 Elections Launches

20 Apr

University of Edinburgh Launches 18-Month ESRC-Funded Research Into Children's Befriending

18 Jan

Social Relationships are Key To Health and to Health Policy

07 Oct

Supporting Life's Journeys Launches in Scotland

05 Oct

Scotland Gets Its First Befriending Project for LGBT Older People

12 Aug

Vital Skills in Befriending To Launch in London

16 Jul

New Dementia Training Package Sets New Direction for Befriending

09 Jun

BNS Seeks New CEO

04 Mar After 12 years at the helm, Mike Nicholson is leaving to pursue a career in writing and freelance consultancy.

BNS Needs Members Feedback Now

01 Sep

Scotland's Befriending Sector to Measure Wellbeing

07 Apr

Scottish Parliament Appeal to Children/YP Befriending Projects

16 Dec The Scottish Parliament has just set up a new inquiry into children/yp's mental health and where and how needs are/aren't being met. This is an exciting opportunity for befriending's role to feed into government-level policy. BNS encourages all projects to get in touch - see contact details below.

BNS Hosts 11 National Befriending Training & Networking Events in December 2008

19 Nov Befriending Network Scotland is holding 11 training and networking events in December 2008. Training modules include client assessment, risk assessment, managing waiting lists & endings and project development. Our networking meetings will be discussing the role of a befriender and lone working & risk and are being held in different locations around Scotland as well as in Newcastle. For more information, visit our training page: http://www.befriending.co.uk/trainingandevents.php

Scottish Government Grant for New Dementia Toolkit

23 Sep The Scottish Government has just given over £14,000 to Befriending Network Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland to develop a volunteers dementia training programme.

Befriending Facts and Figures 2008

21 Apr Some interesting facts and figures about the befriending sector in Scotland from the number of volunteer hours worked through to existing gaps in provision.

Petition to end postcode lottery for adults with learning disabilities

20 Mar Projects supporting adults with learning disabilities have recently submitted a petition to the Scottish Government in order to end the postcode lottery that currently exists in the provision of befriending services across Scotland.

Scotland's Befriending sector reveals widespread ADHD misdiagnosis

27 Nov Misdiagnosis of ADHD may go some way to explaining why volunteer befrienders have largely positive experiences of working with children expected to have disruptive behaviour.