Our Befriending service Well Connected helps individuals who may be struggling with low social contact, loneliness, isolation and low mental health. Volunteering as a Befriender means you can support someone during their journey to positive mental health, and help build back their confidence.

Information for volunteers

You will work one-to-one with a befriendee who may be struggling with loneliness, isolation, and lack of social connections. You would have continuous support from your supervisor, fellow peers and get to relax yourself during social events.

What befriending looks like:
• One hour per week
• Face to face or telephone

During your time together you will:
• Build a strong rapport and relationship
• Implement positive change
• Create a trusting and supportive connection
• Engage in like-minded interests and hobbies

What you gain from this role:
• Monthly optional support and supervision
• Training in Crisis Handling Awareness Training, (CHAT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA)
• Regular volunteer socials and events

If you can travel to and around East Lothian and can commit up to 1 hour per week, then please get in touch for an application form and any other queries. You do not have to reside in East Lothian to volunteer.


108 Market St
EH21 6QA

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