Lead Scotland’s Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults (16+) in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances. Our volunteer befrienders offer one to one support for up to 4-6 months, depending on the person’s needs.
We are prioritising people who are most in need rather than people who are already linked with existing day services.
Information for volunteers
Lead Scotland Fife Volunteer Befrienders provide one to one support to enable adults and older people to improve their confidence, to try new activities and to make more connections with their communities and local services. You do not need to have any qualifications as full training and support will be given. This role is more about who you are, not what you have done!
Being a befriender means you would be making a real difference to someone’s life. Maybe you could go for a short walk together, go for a tea/coffee in town, find a local activity or simply spend some time having a chat in the person’s home. Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties.
You will be matched with a suitable service user – a ‘befriendee’. A variety of factors are considered in the matching process, including where both parties live and their interests. Each match will be for 4-6 months, depending on the needs of the person receiving support, though the support can be extended if both the volunteer and befriendee agree.
The project covers Fife and volunteers will be matched with someone within easy travelling distance. The meetings may be in the person’s home or out in the community.