About Befriending

With increased concerns about COVID-19, we recommend our members make plans to support befriendees through telephone, digital or written communications. Please click here to access latest news and guidance.

Need Support?

If you or someone you know is lonely and needs a Befriender, please be aware that many of our members are experiencing increased levels of inquiries as they strive to support their communities. Although you may wish to view our Directory to find a local service, the following organisations provide helplines that you can call if you need a listening ear.

Age UK available: 8am–7pm Daily, call: 0800 6781602

Age Scotland available: 9am-5pm Mon- Fri, call: 0800 12 44 222

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland available: 9.30am-4pm Mon-Fri, call: 0808 801 0899  

Silverline available: 24 hours Daily, call: 0800 470 8090 

Alone Ireland available: 8am–8pm Daily, call: 0818 222 024

Samaritans available: 24 hours Daily, call: 116 123

Breathing Space available: 6pm–2am Mon-Thurs & 6pm Fri–6am Mon call: 0800 83 85 87

Shout available 24 hours Daily, Text SHOUT to 85258