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13 Rivers Trust (Eden Care) (Eden Care)

13 Rivers Trust (Eden Care), Tarling East Community Centre, 63 Martha Street, London, E1 2PA
We currently provide Telephone Befriending services to individuals reaching End of Life and those who are terminally ill, with a particular focus on BAME community.

Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Action For Pulmonary Fibrosis, Stuart House, East Wing, St Johns Street, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5DD
Our telephone befrienders are trained volunteers who can give a listening ear by phone for anyone with Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) carers and family members over 18. The volunteers are a mix of people with PF, carers, former carers and people with no lived experience of PF but who want to support others. You can refer yourself or we can receive referrals from health professionals and support groups, with permission.

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

Age UK Lewisham And Southwark, 3rd Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, Catford, SE6 4RU
Telephone Befriending ifor people in the london Borough of Lewisham.

Age UK Merton

Kourtney Wood , Age UK Merton, 277 London Road , CR4 3NT
Merton Befriending Service is a collaboration with Wimbledon Guild in Merton working together to deliver a high quality befriending service for isolated older people. We offer a free face to face and a telephone befriending service.

Age UK North Craven

Age UK North Craven, Cheapside, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EW
To make later life in North Craven a fulfilling and enjoyable experience, reducing isolation and loneliness, and providing the right support at the right time for older people

Age Uk North Yorkshire and Darlington

Age Uk North Yorkshire And Darlington, Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, DL1 5SX
If someoene feels lonely, isolated or finds it hard to get out and about due to their lack of cofidence post covid, we provide a trained volunteer to help out and be matched as close as to interests etc this match will be long term and through time will create a long lasting friendship.

Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau

Airdrie Citizens Advice Bureau, 14 Anderson Street, North Lanarkshire, ML6 0AA
North Lanarkshire Tribunal Unit has been running at least in some capacity for the past 14 years, providing a voice to vulnerable members of our communities to legally challenge unfair decisions and policies under all aspects of welfare benefits, holding decision makers accountable. The Tribunal unit has a central role in supporting working age clients who are affected by illness/disability. Research has shown that there is no befriending network across the North Lanarkshire localities, focusing only on vulnerable working age people.

Alford Hub

Alford Hub, Alford Hub, 5 South Market Place, Lincolnshire, LN13 6AF
Alford Hub was launched to benefit the residents principally but not exclusively of Alford Lincolnshire and villages within a 6 mile radius of it, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or political, religious or other opinions during times of local or national emergency and at all other times to provide: 1) Face to Face Befriending service 2) Telephone Befriending service 3) Virtual Coffee and Chat meetings in our Virtual Community Centre 4) Prescription delivery service 5) Outreach & Wellbeing Team 6)Uniform & Baby Bank 7) Social Prescribing 8) Signposting We are the main link for the community with local and national governmental bodies, health and social authorities and third sector organisations. We support members of the community who require assistance as a result of ill health infirmity or disability whether arising from a physical or mental cause, age, isolation, financial hardship or other disadvantage. Give assistance to develop the capacity and skills of members of the community so as to make them better able to identify and meet their needs themselves and so participate more fully in society We are also a resource to receive and disseminate information in furtherance of these objects.

Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services

Alzheimer's And Dementia Support Services, Safeharbour Memory Wellbeing Centre, Coldharbour Road, Kent, DA11 8AE
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services are Kent’s biggest independent charity dedicated to providing support to people affected by dementia. We are the local specialist dementia service and we empower people affected by dementia to carry on their chosen lifestyle. People affected by dementia are at the heart of everything we do and are encouraged to be involved with our services, at all levels, enabling us to offer unique and bespoke support. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services is a local charity which allows us to focus our support carefully to the needs of the local community and each and every person we support.

Amba Care Solutions CIC (AmbaCare Solutions)

Amba Care Solutions CIC, Dovehouse Farm, Shawbury Lane, Shustoke Near Coleshill, North Warwickshire, B46 2RR
AmbaCare Solutions is a health and wellbeing social enterprise (voluntary organisation) based in the West Midlands, working across the UK, delivering projects which support people to optimise their wellbeing. Our projects help people to deal with the challenges in all aspects of their life. All our volunteers receive full training and support to enable them to carry out their Buddy role effectively. Your Buddy will either have lived experience of dementia or will be someone who has a desire to improve the lives of people living with dementia and/or their carers. They will provide you with the information, support and motivation that you need to enable you to make the best of your experience of living with dementia. You, and/or your family, will be able to agree with your Buddy the kind of support you want which can be assisting with activities to help with your memory and thinking; it might be doing puzzles, playing dominoes, looking at old photos, listening to music, helping you cook a favourite meal – whatever works best for you. To find out more … Contact Ruth Chauhan Dementia/Health & Wellbeing Specialist m.

Angus Carers Association (Angus Carers Centre)

Angus Carers Association, Angus Carers Centre, 8 Grant Road (G/F), Angus, DD11 1JN
Volunteer befrienders provide a break for carers of adults from their caring role.

apasen (apasen Befriending Service)

Apasen, Apasen, Carmine Wharf, 30 Copenhagen Place, E14 7FF
We set up a new Befriending Service to support the local residence in Tower Hamlets .

Ashford Place

Ashford Place, 60 Ashford Place, Cricklewood, London, NW2 6TU
A long established charity based in North West London seeking to improve the lives of the more vulnerable members of our community.

Ayrshire Independent Living Network

Ayrshire Independent Living Network, The Michael Lynch Centre, 71 Princes Street, North Ayrshire, KA22 8DG
We are a free information and advice service around Self-Directed Support.

Ballyhoura Rural Services

Gerard O Connor, Ballyhoura Rural Services, Market House, Churchtown, Mallow, Cork, P51 NH6X
Ballyhoura Rural Services (BRS) was established in 2010, we operate in East County Limerick and North Cork.

Be Free Young Carers

Katrina Barber, Be Free Young Carers, Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
Be Free YC supports young carers aged between 8-18 across The Vale of the Whitehorse and South Oxfordshire. Befriending gives young carers 1 to 1 support, positive social interaction and self esteem and reduces the impact of their caring role on health and well being. Trained, supported volunteers are key to this valuable and rewarding service.

Beatson Cancer Charity

Beatson Cancer Charity, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 0YN
Our Telephone Befriending service started at the start of the very first lockdown in March 2020 as part of our emergency COVID response.
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Befrienders Highland Ltd

Sarah Southcott, Befrienders Highland Ltd, Befrienders Highland Ltd , 1st Floor Academy House, Academy Street, IV1 1JT
We are a small voluntary organisation working to improve the lives of people who are lonely and isolated and have experience of mental ill health; memory loss and unpaid adult carers . We work across the all of the Highland Region of Scotland. OUR BEFRIENDING SERVICES Face to Face befriending in Inverness, Nairn, Caithness, Skye & Lochalsh , Alness/Invergordon and Dingwall areas for people with mental ill health. Distance Befriending by phone, letter or email across the Highland region for people with mental ill health, for people with memory loss or unpaid adult carers. Group Befriending - we offer a range of group befriending opportunities available to all Friends and Volunteers.

Befrienders: Argyll and Bute

Arlene Colewell, Befrienders: Argyll And Bute, PO Box 9576, Argyll, PA31 9BB
Befrienders SCIO provides emotional and social support to children and young people aged 6-18 living in Argyll and Bute.

Befriending Lewis

Tina Macleod, Befriending Lewis, 30 Francis Street, Isle Of Lewis, HS1 2ND
Befriending Lewis & Harris works on the ground level to directly tackle isolation and loneliness in the lives of people living in Lewis and Harris.

BeFriends

Convenor, BeFriends, 12-14 Mains Loan, DD4 7AA
BeFriends provides help and support through a one-to-one Befriending and specialist groups to vulnerable and disadvantaged 5-25-year-old throughout Dundee city. Befriending offers the support of trained, vetted and disclosure checked adult volunteers to local children and young people who have been referred because they are experiencing difficulties in their lives or who are at risk of becoming socially isolated.

Brightlife Age UK Cheshire

Brightlife Age UK Cheshire, Age UK Cheshire, Castle Community Centre, Barber's Lane, Northwich, CW8 1DT
Age UK Cheshire has set up a Telephone Befriending Service (Sharing Time) to help combat loneliness in the over 50s, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has changed life for everyone, but some older people are among the hardest hit. This telephone befriending service operates across Cheshire West and Chester. Clients and volunteers will be matched, and the volunteer will arrange regular calls with the older person.

BrightLife/Age Concern Chesterfield and District (BrightLife)

BrightLife/Age Concern Chesterfield And District, South Lodge, Boythorpe Avenue, Derbyshire, S40 3FH
BrightLife/Age Concern Chesterfiekd and District has run a Telephone Befriending Service for many years. The Telephone Befriending Service is supported by our dedicated team of volunteers who are supervised by the coordinator. Our befrienders work on the same day each week so that they can telephone the same people each week. We telephone people in Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.

Building Futures Together

NASREEN AKHTAR, Building Futures Together , TBA, BERKSHIRE
Building Futures Together Slough Multilingual Telephone Befriending Service What is Befriending? Befriending makes a real difference to people's lives, often at a time of change, people aged 18 and over need support of another person to help them through a difficult time. What will Telephone Befriending Service provide? Slough Telephone Befriending is a service provided by a volunteer trained befriender who will contact you weekly or fortnightly. Who are BFT Telephone Befrienders: Our volunteers are recruited from a range of backgrounds and cultures who provide support and company to anyone in need of regular and friendly telephone chat. What do BFT volunteers offer: A friendly chat -Support and a listening ear -Signposting/empowerment -Bilingual advocacy Eligibility criteria includes but is not restricted: -Feeling isolated -Depressed -Lonely -Experienced any form of Domestic abuse -Bereavement -Low self esteem/confidence In addition to above we also now offer a 15 min welfare call this is particularly beneficial to those who are on medications due to underlying health issues who are not able to sustain a half hour call but simply want a call to check up on them if they okay on a weekly basis and if they need any help which we will gladly arrange. You can be referred by a Slough GP/Social Worker/family services we do not accept self-referrals. Building Futures Together (BFT) Regal Court Slough Telephone 01753 555650 Email bftenquiry@gmail.com

Butterfly Trust (Cystic Fibrosis)

Alana Simpson, Butterfly Trust (Cystic Fibrosis), Swanston Steading, 109/3 Swanston Road, Lothian, EH10 7DS
The Butterfly Trust provides direct Social Support, in the community, for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis across the whole of Scotland. Support will provide space to talk about interests and worries, to explore their personal hopes and work towards achieving personal goals. The services are provided by our trained volunteers who support people in their local community.

Cancer Relief Gibraltar

Cancer Relief Gibraltar, Cancer Relief Gibraltar, 5, South Barrack Road, GX11 1AA
At Cancer Relief, we have been providing support to people living with cancer in the community for over 30 years.

Cancer Support Scotland (Wellbeing service)

Cancer Support Scotland, 75 Shelley Road, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G12 0ZE
Our free ‘Here for You’ befriending service provides people affected by cancer with regular contact with one of our highly skilled volunteers who will provide a friendly listening ear. Our Befrienders can call weekly, fortnightly or monthly giving you the time and space to talk about your feelings. This service is available free to anyone affected by cancer in Scotland over the age of 18 including carers and family members.

Caraidean Uibhist

Caraidean Uibhist, Caraidean Uibhist, 23 Winfield Way, Balivanich, Western Isles, HS7 5LH
Located in the heart of Balivanich, on the Isle of Benbecula, Caraidean Uibhist is a charitable foundation dedicated to helping those in need across the islands of Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra.

Care and Share Companionship

Care And Share Companionship, Bennochy Parish Church, 3 Elgin Street, Fife, KY2 5LP
Care and Share Companionship supports people over 60 years of age who are living in isolation or feeling lonely. We can offer 1-1 support from our volunteer companions on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis between 1-2hours per visit. Volunteers can take people to health appointments, shopping, visit to family or friends, going for a walk or to a place of interest to them. This is a free service.

Carers Leeds

Carers Leeds, Carers Leeds, 6-8 The Headrow, LS1 6PT
We support unpaid family carers over the age of 16 who live in Leeds.

Carers of East Lothian (COEL) (Carer Befriending)

Carers Of East Lothian (COEL), Carers Of East Lothian, East Lothian Community Hospital, Alderston Road, East Lothian, EH41 3 PF
The service will offer unpaid carers the opportunity to connect on a one-to-one basis with another person with lived experience of having an unpaid caring role.

carers of west lothian

Carers Of West Lothian, Sycamore House, Quarrywood Court, West Lothian, EH54 6AX
Carers of West Lothian provide a range of befriending services unpaid carers in West Lothian.

Carers Support West Sussex

Carers Support West Sussex, 1-2 THE ORCHARD GLENEAGLES COURT, BRIGHTON ROAD, RH10 8TD
Carers Support West Sussex supports unpaid family carers who are providing care and support to a friend or family member.

Chemists' Community Fund

Chemists' Community Fund, Royal Society Of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Cambridgeshire, CB4 0WF
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.

CLASP (Hope project)

Liz Docherty, CLASP, Community Led Action & Support Project, 140a Hayocks Road, Ayrshire, KA22 7PU
Clasp has been established as a community support project for 20 years.

Communities Together East Anglia (BeAFriend)

Communities Together East Anglia, Red Gables, Ipswich Road, Suffolk, IP14 1BE
Communities Together East Anglia (registered charity 1004198, formerly BSEVC) consists of three domains; Later life community, Connecting Communities and Suffolk Carers Matter The charity has been supporting communities in Suffolk for over 35 years, firstly as Bury St Edmunds Voluntary Centre, as a community transport service and in more recent years through support and wellbeing activities for family carers and those living with mental health challenges. Over 10% of people aged 65+ say that they are ‘often or always lonely’ sometimes with a month or more of no proper conversation. Our aim is to unite people within their communities to support each other through engagement and communication - this could be via our BeAFriend service available 7 days a week.

Community Care and Wellbeing Service

Community Care And Wellbeing Service, 62 Whitchurch Road, Cathays, South Glamorgan, CF14 3LX
CCAWS is a mental health and wellbeing charity that delivers support services across Cardiff's diverse communities.

Community Solutions North West

Community Solutions North West, Elmfield Hall, Gatty Park, Hyndburn Road, Lancashire, BB5 4AA
We offer various forms of mentoring and befriending through home visits, telephone support and group activities.
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Community Together CIC

Community Together CIC, Office Number 8 Tamworth Business Enterprise Centre, Corporation Street, Staffordshire, B79 7DN
Community Together CIC is a non for profit organisation providing a holistic set of services specialising in - Providing a 7 Day per week Telephone Support Service Befriending - Telephone, Face to Face and Home Visits Form Filling one to one Support Meals on Wheels Hospital Discharge and Avoidance Support Stay Well Clinics Unemployment Support Delivering activities that support peoples mental health and wellbeing OUR AIMS “To enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities using early intervention to support them to GROW WELL; LIVE WELL; AGE WELL OUR PRIORITIES The following list is not in order of priority: • MENTAL WELLBEING • FOOD & FUEL POVERTY • SOCIAL ISOLATION & MOBILITY • ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT, VOLUNTEERING & RAISING ASPIRATIONS • HOMELESSNESS & HOUSING MATTERS • HEALTH & SOCIAL PRESSURES NB: The list of priority areas of focus for CTCIC is not exhaustive. ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SUSTAINABILITY All current and planned services, projects and initiatives cover this spectrum of need however, any new or emerging issues will be evaluated on the basis of need and available resources. OUR OBJECTIVES In accordance with the adopted AIM and with a focus upon the current list of PRIORITIES, Community Together CIC will seek to: • Develop our existing knowledge and understanding of local need. • Work collaboratively with organisations and partners across all sectors. • Work with local communities to establish the changing needs of those communities • Deliver, facilitate and enable targeted and meaningful services. • Ensure that all staff and volunteers are appropriately qualified/trained. • Continue to work towards tackling Social and Health inequalities across all areas of operations. • To identify and coproduce practical solutions to issues preventing individuals and families from leading independent lives;

Connecting Chelford

Connecting Chelford, Loch Karen, 2 Drumble Field, Chelford, Cheshire, SK11 9BT
Connecting Chelford is a local Befriending Service to provide a non profit making voluntary service. Residents who are interested in this service contact the Project Coordinator to arrange a visit so their requirements can be established and matched to a volunteer to provide Befriending support and opportunities to relieve their loneliness.

Cowal Elderly Befrienders SCIO

Robin Miller , Cowal Elderly Befrienders SCIO, 128 John Street, Argyll, PA23 7BN
Cowal Elderly Befriending Scheme offers a range of befriending services to elderly people in rural areas.

CREST Waltham Forest (Waltham Forest Befriending Service)

CREST Waltham Forest, Harmony Hall, 10 Truro Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 7BY
This is a newly set up initiative in Waltham Forest for adults aged 18 - 59 years who wish to increase their social interaction with a face-to-face befriender. For those not yet ready to meet face-to-face and go out with someone then telephone befriending is also available. People can self refer or other agencies can make referrals including GP's, Social Prescribers, and other voluntary organisations

Crossroads Care Surrey

Crossroads Care Surrey, 121 Kingston Road, Surrey, KT22 7SU
Our amazing volunteers help us to support people across all areas of Surrey. Our telephone befriending service is incredibly valuable to people who are feeling lonely and isolated at home. A befriending call from a volunteer could last anything from 15 minutes to half an hour and will enable carers and people feeling lonely and isolated to benefit from friendly support, conversation, and someone to just check in on their wellbeing. All our volunteers are very friendly and are DBS and reference checked and have all been given training. Other Volunteer support we offer includes: Companionship in the Home - We spend a few hours a week with someone who may be isolated and feeling lonely. Community Support - We can Collect shopping and prescriptions for you if you are vulnerable.

Crossroads Fife (Crossroads Befriending)

Crossroads Fife, Buko Tower, Dalton Road, Southfield, Fife, KY6 2SS
Crossroads Fife is an independent charity formed in January 2001 from the merger of other schemes in Fife which were around since 1980. Crossroads Befriending Service provides Volunteer Befrienders to support vulnerable adults, affected by illness or disability, who are isolated and lonely. Our Volunteer Befrienders are carefully selected and trained to support people living in North East Fife, Central Fife and Levenmouth. If you could benefit from a Volunteer Befriender’s support, please contact Marie Lindsey, Coordinator by phone 01592 630253 or email marie@crossroadsg.co.uk If you would like to make a donation to Crossroads Fife please phone 01592 610540 or email info@crossroadsg.co.uk

Didsbury Good Neighbours

Sue Thurston, Didsbury Good Neighbours, The Holt Pavilion Didsbury Park, Gillbrook Road, Didsbury, M206WY
We are a charity whose aim is to support senior members of the Didsbury community through a volunteer befriending service and a programme of weekly activities.

Disability Positive (Counselling and Befriending Service)

Disability Positive, Disability Positive, Sension House, Denton Drive, Davenham, Northwich, Cheshire, CW97LU
We are providing a befriending service for people with lived expeience of disability and long term health conditions throughout Cheshire that access our other services.

East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme (Befriending Service)

East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme, The Vicarage, Long Sutton, Lincs, PE12 9JJ
We offer a bespoke befriending service for the residents of the East Elloe area in Lincolnshire.

Edinburgh Garden Partners

Debs Hahn, Edinburgh Garden Partners, First Floor, 160 Causewayside, Lothian, EH9 1PR
We are a community organisation active across Edinburgh. We aim to strengthen communities by creating relationships between people who want a space to grow and those who have garden space to share. We connect people of different ages, abilities, and backgrounds to build a shared gardening movement through the exchange of skills, knowledge, and life experience.

Edinburgh Headway Group

Edinburgh Headway Group, Unit 4, 27 Peffer Place, EH16 4BB
Edinburgh Headway Group aims to empower and enrich the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury.

English National Ballet

English National Ballet, 41 Hopewell Square, E14 0SY
English National Ballet's (ENB) Dance for Parkinson's commenced in 2010 and supports people living with Parkinson's, helping to improve quality of life through involvement in dance and social cultural activities. English National Ballet Dance for Parkinson's Befriending Scheme is launching in London.

Epilepsy Action (Local services)

Epilepsy Action, New Anstey House, Gatewaydrive, Yeadon, West Yorkshire, LS19 7XY
Epilepsy Action is a community of people committed to a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We want high quality, accessible epilepsy healthcare services, so that people with epilepsy have the support they need to manage their condition. We want wider awareness and understanding of epilepsy, so that people living with the condition are treated with fairness and respect. We have support groups across the country which are gradually reopening. Our supporters, members, staff and volunteers are united by these common goals.
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Epilepsy Connections

Scott Coyne, Epilepsy Connections, Baltic Chambers, Suites 129 - 134, 50 Wellington Street, G2 6HJ
We offer both one-to-one befriending. Living with epilepsy is challenging.

Equal Futures

Equal Futures
Equal Futures promotes social inclusion for people with a learning disability and autism in Scotland. Equal Futures was set up in 2002 by a group of parents who have a family member with disabilities. We provide support for people aged 16 and over and work across 10 local authority areas: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Perthshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire.

Eric Liddell Community

Dorothy Terhune, Eric Liddell Community, Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, EH10 4DP
The Eric Liddell Befriending Project supports anyone living in Edinburgh who is caring for someone on an unpaid basis or whose caring role has lessened or recently ended. By building a trusting relationship a befriender can encourage you to take a few hours for yourself away from it all - possibly taking part in an activity you used to enjoy, going shopping or maybe just for a walk.

Fairway Fife

Fairway Fife, 4 Victoria Street, Fife, KY12 0LW
Fairway Fife is a Peer Mentoring Charity involving people with learning disabilities from 16 years of age. Our aim is to encourage and support access to social and leisure facilities within our local communities, enabling our members to strive towards living their dreams through the support of non-disabled peers.

Families affected by Murder and Suicide (Fams)

Families Affected By Murder And Suicide, 352 Orbiston Street, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, ML1 1QW
Families affected by murder and suicide

Fife Carers Centre

Helen Honoré, Fife Carers Centre, 157 Commercial Street, Fife, KY1 2NS
Our befriending service at Fife Carers Centre is there to help carers who feel lonely or isolated to increase their circle of friends. We know that little things make a difference. Our befrienders have helped carers to become more confident, to cope with their caring role and to start feeling like a person again instead of feeling that they are only defined as a carer. If you are a carer and think this service could benefit you then please get in touch with the centre where any of our staff will be happy to help you.

Fife Centre for Equalities

Fife Centre For Equalities, Fife Centre For Equalities, New Volunteer House, 16 East Fergus Place, Fife, KY1 1XT
FCE started the Minority Ethnic 60+ Project in July 2020 because many minority ethnic older people in Fife were unable to access information and support due to language barrier and Covid restrictions.

Fife Young Carers

Fife Young Carers, Fife Young Carers, Ore Valley Business Centre, 93 Main Street, Fife, KY11 8HS
We support children and young people ages up to 25 in Fife who have a caring role for a family member.

Folkestone Rainbow Centre

Folkestone Rainbow Centre, Cornerstone, 69 Sandgate Road, Kent, CT202AF
Homeless rough sleepers , people in supported housing, people in temporary housing, people at risk of eviction The Rainbow Centre is a Christian charity that delivers a range of services in Folkestone & Hythe District to provide support and hope to individuals and families experiencing deprivation or hardship. Respect. As a Christian organisation we are committed to serving people of all faith groups and beliefs or none and recognise the worth of everyone. We are passionate about inclusion and being non-judgemental, and respect all those we serve, treating our guests and clients with sympathy, consideration, kindness and fairness. We recognise the support and help other local agencies offer, and know that through collaboration, we can achieve the best outcomes for those who access our services. Our vision is to help build a community in which everyone is included and can have the opportunity to live and work in dignity with hope for the future. We have, at our peak, over 350 volunteers, without whom the organisation would be unable to offer the range of services dedicated to help the neediest people in our local community. You can be part of our support team by making a donation to help sustain our presence in Folkestone & Hythe district.

Fresh Community Wellness SCIO

Fresh Community Wellness SCIO, 41 Northsea Court, Seaton, Aberdeenshire, AB24 1WG
FRESH Community Wellness SCIO offers a free active befriending service for people of all ages in the Aberdeen area. MI doesn’t mean that we will tell you how you should (or shouldn’t) live your life. FRESH meets up regularly at outdoor locations throughout the city. Meeting outdoors gives everyone the space for some fresh air and light exercise. We also have indoor options, for crafts and in our community garden a hub/ base too. The active sessions are all run by registered and PVG assessed volunteers. At the meetups, we can go for a relaxed walk in the area, whether that be the beach, a park, or alongside one of Aberdeen’s beautiful rivers. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds & we have residents assisting us too. Whatever kind of person you are, and whatever interests you, you are bound to meet someone who clicks with you. We are proud to have volunteers and committee members with lived experience, and support some with living experience. But regardless of our individual background, and regardless of yours, all of us will treat you without judgement, and with empathy, kindness, and respect. Please do understand we have to have set boundaries and are unable to share personal numbers/ details.

friendship at home

Friendship At Home, 6-7 Aspen Court, N E Lincs, DN35 0SJ
The service is for older people who are lonely and isolated.
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Getting Better Together

Catherine Carson, Getting Better Together , Shotts Healthy Learning Centre, Kirk Road , North Lanarkshire, ML5 0HA
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. 1:1 Community Befriending Home Visiting Befriending Group Befriending Telephone Befriending Daily Well Being Calls.

Good Morning Service

Nicky Thomson, Good Morning Service, Flemington House, 110 FLemington St, Scotland, G21 4BF
Good Morning Service provide social, emotional and practical support to older people by building trust and meaningful relationships via the telephone, 365 days a year. Older people are, and feel, connected, safer and valued. Good Morning Calls are free for those aged 55+ in Glasgow and South Ayrshire council areas. To join call 0141 336 7766 or post in a referral form downloadable from www.goodmorningservice.co.uk.

Govan Home and Education Link Project (Govan HELP)

Govan Home And Education Link Project, Govan HELP, Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, G51 3UU
Family Education Support Project

Grand Union Housing Group (Health and Wellbeing)

Grand Union Housing Group, K2, Timbold Drive, Kents Hill, Buckinghamshire, MK7 6BZ
As a housing association, we setting up this serve for customers of any age who are isolated/lonely would benefit from a regular phone conversation.

HANDS (HANDS Help a Neighbour in Distress Scheme)

HANDS, 72, Popes Grove, United Kingdom, TW1 4JX
Small local neighbouhood care group. Providing shopping, transport, gardening, trips out, tea parties and a face to face and telephone befriending service to older people and those with a disability in the immediate locality.

Harrogate and District Community Action (HADCA) (Ripon and Rural Befriending Service)

Harrogate And District Community Action (HADCA), Community House, Sharow View, Allhallowgate, N Yorkshire, HG4 1LE
Our volunteer befrienders offer regular social visits, providing you with company and a friendly listening ear.

Health All Round

Health All Round, Health All Round, 24 Westfield Avenue, Midlothian, EH11 2 QH
Health All Round provides a range of services to improve health & well being for people living in South West Edinburgh. Our 'Friends in Need' service supports members of the Polish community to access and enjoy Health All Round services.

Healthy Minds (Like Minds)

Healthy Minds, 1 King Street, West Yorkshire, HX1 1SR
Like Minds is a service for anyone who feels they would like to speak to someone who really understands mental health issues.

HEY Smile Foundation (CallER Collective)

HEY Smile Foundation, The Loft, Gosschalks, Dock Street, East Yorkshire, HU1 3AE
CallER Collective provides a telephone befriending service for people in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.

Highland Hospice

Susan Smith, Highland Hospice, 1 Bishops Road, IV25DB
At Highland Hospice we aim to support people, their families and carers, living with an advancing, life shortening illness in the Highlands to live the best possible life and to prepare for and experience the best possible death. We continue to support people in local communities during COVID-19 pandemic. The Helping Hands team also offer end of life support within Hospitals and Care Homes. Highland Hospice work in partnership with befriending services throughout the Highlands.

Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh

Fiona McCabe, Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh, 247 Leith Walk, EH6 8NY
Based in the heart of Leith, Home-Start Leith & North East Edinburgh has been offering support to families since 1986.

Horsham District Befriends

Lucy Hargreaves, Horsham District Befriends, Lucy Hargreaves, Project Manager - Horsham District Befriends, Horsham District Council, Parkside, West Sussex, RH12 1RL
Volunteer befrienders working with Social Prescribers to help clients into services.

Inspiring Scotland - intandem (intandem)

Intandem, Inspiring Scotland - Intandem, Inspiring Scotland, Riverside House, 502 Gorgie Road, City Of Edinburgh, EH11 3AF
Intandem is Scotland’s national mentoring programme for young people looked after at home. We know how crucial it is for all young people to have at least one long term relationship with a positive adult role-model. intandem has been set up to help young people facing challenges. Partner charities receive on-going support from intandem and Inspiring Scotland across a range of activities including recruitment, training, safeguarding, and evaluation as well as capacity building and organisational support. Our common values which reflect the way we do things: Openness, Aspiration, Respect and Commitment. encourage true participation and co-development.

Interest Link Borders

Andrew Findlay, Interest Link Borders, Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Berwickshire, TD11 3AF
We aim to improve the quality of life of people with learning disabilities and their carers in the Scottish Borders through volunteer befriending. We provide 1:1 and group befriending services for children (8+), young people and adults with learning disabilities (and children & young people with autism) through our four branches covering Roxburgh, Tweeddale, Central Borders and Berwickshire. Members and families can come directly to us to request a service.

Jersey Hospice Care

Jersey Hospice Care, Jersey Hospice Care, Mont Cochon, St Helier, Jersey, JE2 3JB
Jersey Hospice Care in in the process of developing a befriender service.

Lead Scotland (Fife Befriending Young Carers)

Lead Scotland, Lead Scotland, Room B05 Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus 14 Colinton Road, EH10 5DT
We enable young people aged 12 to 18 who have caring role at home in Fife to experience the same opportunities as their peers. The service aims to be flexible and as such will operate on a case by case basis, however it is anticipated that the support will be for up to 2 hours per week for a duration of up to 1 year.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board

Janine Field, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, 311 Stonegate Road, West Yorkshire, LS17 6AZ
We support people to stay independent, active and lead fulfilling livesr.

Leuchie House (Leuchie@Home)

Leuchie House, Leuchie House, East Lothian, EH39 5NT
Leuchie House is a National Respite Centre for individuals with long term neurological conditions.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service

Lincolnshire Community And Voluntary Service, Room G8, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Lincolnshire, PE21 8QR
Social prescribing is all about empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and improve their quality of life, while respecting the choices they make. Some people need more support than others to achieve these aims. 1) I would like some advice on where to access activities in my local area. 2) I would like some help to think about what my goals are and some advice on how to access activities in my local area. 3) I would like some help to think about my goals and someone to support me whilst I begin to move towards them.
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Linknet Mentoring Limited (Befriending)

Linknet Mentoring Limited, 31 Guthrie Street, Scotland, EH1 1JG
Minority ethnic people from Edinburgh and the Lothians who feel isolated, lonely, and needing help can receive LINKnet’s befriending service.

Little Miracles Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Little Miracles Charity)

Little Miracles Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Little Miracles @the Spinney, Hartwell Way, Westwood, Cambs, PE3 7LE
We are a charity that supports families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions

Living Truth CIC

Living Truth CIC, 30 Petworth Street, London, England, SW11 4QW
Our mission is to support and improve the lives of marginalised individuals and groups, particularly but not exclusively: vulnerable girls, women and young mothers, young people, families, offenders and ex-offenders and practitioners who work with these cohorts. We aim to address long-term solutions to current intractable social problems, we work to reduce social exclusion, loneliness and conflict by offering innovative programmes and bespoke packages of support. Our work is underpinned by fundamental principles behind the human experience. The sharing of this understanding has had profound results and documented impact in the fields of mental health, trauma, education and offending.

Love Woburn Sands CIO (Community Smiles)

Love Woburn Sands CIO, The Methodist Church, High Street, Woburn Sands, MK17 8RH
We plan to recruit and train volunteers to provide a befriending support service to Woburn Sands, Woburn, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath, Battlesden, Eversholt, Husborne Crawley, Milton Bryan and Ridgmont.

Marie Curie (Community Engagement, Involvement and Development)

Marie Curie, 89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Our Helper Volunteers offer companionships and practical support to terminally ill people, their families and carers.

Meal Makers (Food Train)

Emma Black, Meal Makers (Food Train), Suite 2/6A Brook Street Studio, 60 Brook Street, G40 2AB
Meal Makers is a local neighbourhood food-sharing project that connects people who love cooking, and who are happy to share an extra portion of home cooked food, with an older neighbour who would really appreciate a freshly prepared meal and a friendly chat.

Medway Voluntary Action (MVA)

Medway Voluntary Action (MVA), 5a New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BB
Medway Voluntary Action (MVA) are working in partnership with Carers FIRST (CF), wHoo Cares and other local voluntary & community sector (VCS) and statutory organisations to deliver and co-ordinate befriending support in Medway. Befriending can be defined as: an emotional, supportive, mutual relationship in which companionship is provided on a regular basis by a volunteer. Befriending is not: the carrying out of any personal care, housework, or other domestic tasks. Key Principles: • Progression – Individuals accessing support will be encouraged and supported to nurture their own social connections within their local community, empowering them to move on and even help befriend other local people. • Partnership Working –The programme connects and communicates with statutory, community and voluntary Partners and commissioned frontline staff (e.g. • Capitalise on Existing Assets – Operating on a principle of accessing existing community and commissioned assets in Medway where possible. There are five core elements to the project: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Some important things you should know before making a referral to us: • The key criteria for being eligible for befriending support is that the person being referred is living in isolated circumstances or has little social contact. o For individuals aged 18 years and over o Priority given to those with a long term illness or who are Disabled o Targeted at those with limited/ no family or friends who visit them and/or who spend long periods of time alone. o Each referral will be considered on an individual basis and those not appropriate will be signposted to VCS & Wellbeing Navigators o Not suitable for complex cases e.g. o Aim is to be a short term intervention that is person centred so no defined time limit set however the ultimate aim is to discharge individual from services once connected within community. • All referrals for befriending support will be reviewed by MVA, who will arrange or signpost to appropriate befriending support. • If you know someone who might benefit from the befriending support we offer, then this form can be completed by any of the following: o A relative, friend, health & social care or any other support worker – in this situation, the person being referred must be aware of, and have agreed, to the referral; or o An individual wishing to refer themselves to the befriending scheme Should you require further information or help completing the referral or wish to discuss a case before referring please contact our Befriending Programme Officer on 01634 564939 or email at befriending@mva.org.uk. We welcome any comments, observations or suggestions; please email these to the email above.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind

Middlesbrough And Stockton Mind, 90-92 Lothian Road, TS42QX
Our service offers telephone befriending for adults aged 50+ living in Middlesbrough. The service is here for people who are feeling isolated and lonely. If you would like to have a weekly telephone call with someone who you can talk with about things that interest you, to have a bit of company and a friendly person to chat with then you can get in touch with us. The service is delivered by trained volunteers.

MS Society Cymru

MS Society Cymru, Clockwise @ Brunel, Brunel House, 2 Fitzalan Street, CF24 0EB
The Pontio project offers befriending and one-to-one support to people living with and affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Wales. We offer information and support on: -employment rights and welfare benefits, including Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims -ways to manage your MS -accessing treatments, health, social care services and housing Our Pontio volunteers deliver MS awareness training sessions to organisations across Wales.

North and West Yorkshire ASBAH (NWY ASBAH)

North And West Yorkshire ASBAH, 12 Victory Road, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HL
North & West Yorkshire Association for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus (North & West Yorkshire ASBAH) is a registered charity supporting children, adults and families with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida in North & West Yorkshire. By supporting, informing, and campaigning, North & West Yorkshire ASBAH is continuing to help promote individual choice, control, and quality of life for all the people who use our services. One of the ways we provide our support is through welfare and befriending calls.

North Buckinghamshire Patient Support Service

Keith Hofgartner, North Buckinghamshire Patient Support Service, Avenue Road, Winslow, Buckinghamshire, MK18 3DW
A befriending service set up as part of the North Buckinghamshire Patient Support Service.

North Coast Connection

North Coast Connection, North Coast Connection, The Kyle Centre, Lairg, Highland, IV27 4XA
North Coast Helping Hands is a volunteer befriending service providing support and companionship either by telephone or in a person's own home.

North Halifax Partnership (Staying Well) (Staying Well)

North Halifax Partnership (Staying Well), Kevin Pearce Children's Centre, Ovenden Road, W.Yorkshire, HX3 5RQ
Staying Well was established in 2014 to establish interventions for a range of socially isolated people in Calderdale. Using a wide range of community activities, groups and organisations Staying Well has reduced isolation for many residents. The telephone befriending scheme was established during the Covid Crisis and provides weekly phone befriending by trained volunteers.

Opening Doors (LGBTQ+ Befriending Service)

Opening Doors, Opening Doors, Unit 4.1b, Resource For London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA
Our Befriending Service is for LGBTQ+ people over 50. Life can be lonely sometimes – everybody has experienced feeling alone at some point in their lives. Befriending matches you with a volunteer Befriender for regular social contact, with contact every week or fortnight. - go along to social groups and community activities - go to exhibitions or events - have a cup of tea and a chat in your home - friendly telephone call each week on a scheduled day and time

Pam Spicer (Pam Spicer)

Pam Spicer, 2 Greys Manor, Banham, Norfolk, NR16 2EU
I am the Outreach Officer for a small charity in South Norfolk.

Peabody Community Foundation (Volunteering (Social Action) at Peabody Community Foundation)

Peabody Community Foundation, 45 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB
The main aim of Community Connections is to provide a link to social opportunities for our Peabody residents through regular telephone calls.
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Positive Help - Befriending

Bragela Hornal, Positive Help - Befriending, First Floor, 139 George Street, EH2 4JY
Positive Help aims to improve the day to day quality of life for those living with HIV & Hepatitis C.

Prestonfield & District Neighbourhood Workers Project

Prestonfield & District Neighbourhood Workers Project, 63 Prestonfield Avenue, 63 Prestonfield Avenue, Midlothian, EH16 5EX
In the building since it was built, we have run day care, dementia day care, lunch clubs, a Men’s Group, a Women’s Group, a Mental Health Support Group and an Art Group. During the Pandemic we have delivered freshly cooked meals to hundreds of older people, we have set up and continued a shopping service for those who are still unable to go out to the shops.

Pulborough & District Community Care Association

Pulborough & District Community Care Association, West Sussex, RH20
We are in the process of developing a proposal for the provision of visiting/befriending services to those that are experiencing loneliness or isolation in the Pulborough area.

Q1 Foundation (The Hub) (Hub Buddies Befriending Scheme)

Q1 Foundation (The Hub), The Hub, 8 The Arcade, High Street, Berkshire, RG8 9AY
The Hub is a community connector, that offers the Hub Buddies befriending scheme to residents of Goring, Streatley and South Stoke, who are lonely or socially isolated.

Quarriers Volunteer Centre

Louise McGinty, Quarriers Volunteer Centre, Quarriers Head Office, Quarriers Village, Bridge Of Weir, Scotland, PA11 3SX
Giving people both support and independence is one of the things that makes Quarriers so special. We give independence to people with a disability and breathing space to families under pressure.

Queensferry Churches Care in the Community - Befriending Project

Lorna Russell, Queensferry Churches Care In The Community - Befriending Project, The Haven, 25b Burgess Road, EH30 9JA
We work with people over 60 with a wide range of health & social needs. During the pandemic, telephone and written correspondence replaced traditional befriending.

Rannoch Community Trust

Rannoch Community Trust, Tigh Na Coille, Camghouran, Tayside, PH17 2QG
We support people of all ages who are socially isolated or feeling lonely.

Raploch Community Partnership

Raploch Community Partnership, Raploch Community Campus, Drip Road, Stirlingshire, FK8 1RD
Volunteers Befriending project is a new befriending service which has been set up by Raploch Community Partnership, to support people in the community who experience difficulties. Raploch Community Partnership are an award winning community regeneration project delivering in priority areas in Stirling. The Volunteers Befriending project specifically works with individuals who may feel socially isolated and lonely or need facilitative support with active citizenship. It provides practical and social support on a one to one basis tailored to meet individual needs Aim: • To improve the social and mental wellbeing of people in their own environments, through tailored ‘purposeful friendship’ interactions. Objectives: • Reduce isolation and loneliness • Encourage access to community services • Increase capacity to cope with problems of daily living – resilience? • Meet a variety of other client led objectives.

Ray of Light Wales Cancer Support

Ray Of Light Wales Cancer Support, The Meadows, Peterston Road, Groesfaen, South Glamorgan, CF72 8NU
Ray of Light Cancer Support provides free social and emotional support to patients, carers, friends and families affected by cancer

Rescare

Rescare, Nicola Zielinski- Project Officer, Suite 1B, Sinclair House, Stockport, SK8 5AF
Rescare was founded in 1984 by parents and friends of people affected by the closure of large NHS hospitals for people with learning disability. We have developed a small befriending service across the UK, primarily telephone based to support family members including parents, siblings and a loved one with a Learning Disability. Where possible if one of our volunteers lives close to a family we will encourage face to face befriending.

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service

Rushcliffe Community And Voluntary Service, The Cotgrave Hub, Rivermead, County (optional), NG12 3UQ
Our friends are an essential part of our support networks and help make us who we are. We will match you to one of our Befriending Volunteers who will call or visit you up to twice a week.

ScotsCare (Blether Buddy Befriending Service)

Louise Davies, ScotsCare, 22 City Road, London, EC1Y 2AJ
We are a modern 21st century organisation with a 400 year-old history of helping out Scots, and the children of Scots, in London. And we’re finding that the need for our support has never been greater. We offer help with job seeking, housing, health, drugs and alcohol, counselling, debt and advocacy advice and services. Our services are available to Scots living within a 35 mile radius of Charing Cross.

Seafriends

Seafriends, 34 Sutton Road, BN25 1
Seaford based providing a 1-2-1 befriending service (face to face, or telephone), weekly social groups and regular outings.

SERVE

SERVE, The Old Auction Rooms, 8 West Street, 8 WEST STREET, RUSHDEN, Northamptonshire, NN10 0RT
SERVE is a charity (no 1043321), established in 1981, registered as a charity in 1995 so the organisation has a 40-year history. Our befriending service aims to significantly reduce social isolation and improve the mental wellbeing of frail/elderly and lonely/isolated people living across the county of Northamptonshire through trained volunteer supporters. If you or someone you know is lonely and is looking for a befriender, please contact the office on 01933 315555 and speak to one of our friendly Coordinators who can arrange for an assessment to take place. A volunteer befriender will visit you in your home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or accompanying you to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe) on a regular basis.

Sheffield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (SHASBAH)

Sheffield Association For Spina Bifida And Hydrocephalus, BL 10 Capel Building, 57 Burton Street, South Yorkshire, S6 2HH
Sheffield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus supports individuals with either or both conditions, living in the 'S' postcode in and around Sheffield.
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Shetland Befriending Scheme

Mairi Jamieson, Shetland Befriending Scheme, Market House, 14 Market Street, Shetland, ZE1 0JP
Shetland Befriending Scheme offers befriending on a 1:1 basis to children from aged 7 years, young people and adults aged 16+ years who need support to engage in the community in a positive capacity.

Silver Cord (Silver Cord)

Silver Cord, Hope Christian Centre Stalybridge Road, Hyde, SK14 6NF
Local churches working in partnership to address issues of isolation and loneliness in Tameside (Greater Manchester) and Glossop (Derbyshire).

SL Healthcare

SL Healthcare, 27 High View Drive, Norfolk, NR171EZ
SV Healthcare is base in Norfolk.

Sneham Malaysia

Sneham Malaysia, No 59 Jalan Bukit Noning 2, Taman Bukit Noning, Not US Or Canada, 14000
OUR VISION: No life should be lost by suicide. OUR MISSION: To alleviate emotional pain, distress, help reduce the risk of suicide through emotional support, promote awareness about mental health and coping skills OUR SERVICES: Helplines services: Free tele-counselling services for those lonely, distress, grieving, depressed, and suicidal. Advocacy: Awareness on mental health, share stress manage & coping skills early warning signs of mental illness and suicide; Collaboration: Govt Agencies, NGOs, Schools, Colleges, Institutions on Mental health campaigns projects, events    

South Derbyshire CVS

Kerrie Fletcher, South Derbyshire CVS, 46-48 Grove Street, Derbyshire, DE11 9DD
South Derbyshire CVS runs a befriending service called Connect Befriending which covers the South Derbyshire area and is for any vulnerable adult.

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project

Southwark Irish Pensioners Project, 6 Market Place, Bermondsey, SE16 3UQ
Southwark Irish Pensioners Project supports elderly Irish citizens in Southwark, Lambeth, and Lewisham to enjoy a happy and dignified retirement.​ We are a membership organisation that provides support services including Day Clubs and Befriending, as well as community services such as Advice & Information and community outreach.

Space for Youth Befriending

Amanda Farquhar, Space For Youth Befriending, Space And Broomhouse Hub, 79/89 Broomhouse Crescent, EH11 3RH
Space for Youth Befriending recruits, trains and supports volunteers in befriending. Space for Youth Befriending supports children and young people aged 5-16 years who are affected by parental drug and/or alcohol use in South West Edinburgh.

St Andrews Hospice

Donna Bruce, St Andrews Hospice, Henderson St, Lanarkshire, ML6 6DJ
St Andrews Hospice provides palliative care for the people of Lanarkshire. Volunteer befrienders provide informal support and companionship to people affected by a life limiting illness.

St John Guernsey (Frailty Practitioner)

St John Guernsey, St John Guernsey, Rohais, St Peter Port, GY1 1YN
We are looking to set up a service to offer older vulnerable islanders the opportunity to receive regular contact with a designated volunteer. There are three branches that you may be referred to: Caring Caller 'Check-in' Call - a daily phone call designed for those who may live alone, or may be caring for an individual who would be unable to raise the alarm in the event of an emergency. Caring Caller 'Chatty' Call - a phone call designed for those feeling lonely or socially isolated and would like a conversation with a volunteer they have been matched with. Caring Caller Community Visit - a community visit designed for those who may be feeling lonely or socially isolated and would like a visit from a volunteer they have been matched with.

St John's Winchester

St John's Winchester, St John's Winchester, 32 St John's Street, The Broadway, Hampshire, SO23 9LN
St John’s Hand in Hand is the charity’s social prescribing initiative that seeks to assist local older people in the community through friendship and support. We believe that everybody should lead their life with enjoyment, friendship, fulfillment and choice. Our aim is to make a real difference by improving the wellbeing of local older people, offering access and gateways to new social opportunities and helping our scheme members to live full and independent lives for as long as possible. There are three core elements to the Hand in Hand scheme: Signposting Services – Our dedicated staff and volunteers will identify appropriate services or activities taking place in the local area and ‘signpost’ scheme members to them. Living Well Plans – This involves us chatting with the member using the St John’s Hand in Hand service about what support they may need and what they want to achieve. Befriending – A key part of the initiative includes offering companionship, especially in circumstances where help and support is needed.

Stanley Development Trust (Care & Wellbeing Project - Befriending Service)

Laura Baird, Stanley Development Trust, Cairnsmore, The Square, Perthshire, PH1 4LT
Stanley Development Trust - our purpose is to improve the quality of life and the environment of the village of Stanley and its surrounding rural area. Part of our Care & Wellbeing Project, the befriending service aims to provide social support to people and families who are challenged by illness, disability, advancing years, or crisis and those at risk of social isolation and loneliness, including individuals whose lifestyle or conduct gives rise to problems for themselves or others. It is a free service and is available to people living in the village of Stanley and the surrounding rural area. Our volunteer befrienders are trained for the role and they are members of the PVG Scheme.

Stanwell Food Bank (Stanwell Befriending)

Stanwell Food Bank, The Community Building, Cordelia Park, Surrey, TW19 7ER
Stanwell Foodbank is offering one to one phone support and aims to support our residents to access the community building to eat together and enjoy activities as a community .

Strathcarron Hospice

Susan High, Strathcarron Hospice, Randolph Hill, Denny, FK6 5HJ
Based at an independent Hospice, Strathcarron Compassionate Neighbours provide a range of tailored support provided by volunteers in the community for people living with or caring for someone with a deteriorating health condition, or those who are lonely or bereaved.

Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder, Sue Ryder, 183 Eversholt Street, NW1 1BU
Whether it's over the telephone, by video call, out in the garden, or sat on the sofa, our volunteers share their time and companionship to help people with life-limiting conditions live the best lives they possibly can at home or in the community.

The Careline (Care Friends)

The Careline, 219 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6BD
The Careline befriending service is aimed at alleviating the negative impacts of loneliness on mental and physical health and is therefore available to anyone who is feeling lonely, isolated, experiencing anxiety or has limited social contact. Get in touch with us and we will match you with one of our trained befriending volunteers who will call you regularly to chat and give you a listening ear. As this is a remote service, due to the coronavirus pandemic, all interactions will be via telephone or video calls. The service is completely free and available to anyone who has been referred by a healthcare professional such as a doctor or nurse, or by a friend or colleague who is concerned about your wellbeing.

The Health and Wellness Hub

The Health And Wellness Hub, The Health And Wellness Hub, 58-60 Albert Street, Motherwell, ML1 1PR
The Health and Wellness Hub provides volunteer befrienders to carers in Airdrie and surrounding villages aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation.

The Helpful Bureau

The Helpful Bureau, Carnegie Civic & Community Centre, Warren Avenue, Nottinghamshire, NG9 8EY
The aim of the Helpful Bureau is to support older people to stay independent and in their own homes for as long as possible, with both practical services and opportunities to get out and about. We introduced befriending to support people who, often through life changes, find that they need someone to talk to individually, rather than joining one of our groups. We hope that people who join us for befriending will move onto some of our other activities in time but it is all about personal choice.

The Linda Tremble Foundation (SupportED)

The Linda Tremble Foundation, 14 Crichton Way, Auchtermuchty, Fife, KY15 5YJ
We offer help and support to anyone over 18, carer or sufferer, who is affected by an eating disorder. Run Peer-to-Peer groups Offer Befriending and mentoring

The Link Visiting Scheme

The Link Visiting Scheme, Wescott Annex, Wescott Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2ER
The Link Visiting Scheme supports older people struggling with the serious impact of loneliness. Our Mission is to reduce chronic loneliness and social isolation, to promote friendship and improve the health, wellbeing, and independence of our older residents.
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The No. 1 Befriending Agency

Audrey Mutongi, The No. 1 Befriending Agency, 51 Cadogan Street, 8 Floor West, G2 7HF
The No1 Befriending Agency helps people live fuller, better lives in their homes by providing a companionship service to older adults. We are a Social Enterprise registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to improving the quality of life of all the people we support. ​ Our Mission We reduce loneliness and isolation.

The Reading Agency

The Reading Agency, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Reading Friends brings people together to read, share stories, meet new friends and have fun. Reading Friends is delivered across the UK by local community-based delivery partners and at the beginning of 2021 we started expanding through public library services in England.

The Women & Families Resource Centre (Sisters With Heart Befriending Project)

The Women & Families Resource Centre, 98 Ranger Drive, Oxley, West Midlands, WV10 6DB
The main aim of the “Sisters with Heart” befriending project is to provide a 1:1 befriending service offering practical & emotional support for vulnerable, isolated & disadvantaged women, particularly asylum/refugee, black & ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged groups in Wolverhampton. Volunteer befrienders are matched with clients to offer regular weekly support, friendship and practical help to families under stress, helping families at an early stage to prevent family crisis and breakdown. The Sisters with Heart befrienders:  Provide emotional and practical support through home visits.  Facilitate and accompany individuals to activities within the local community.  Go out for a coffee, walk, to the shops, the park or to pick up prescriptions.  Accompany individuals to appointments (by prior arrangement).  Support to establish other social contacts and strengthen family relationships.  Assistance in locating local facilities and accessing services.  Help individuals to maintain hobbies and interests.  One- one activities with troubled families – Parents who are or at risk of facing child protection issues.  Pregnancy Support – including lone pregnancy and pregnancy in difficult or dangerous situations such as homelessness, domestic abuse, asylum seekers or where there are other risk factors or health complications.
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Together Co (Together Co Befriending)

Assuntina Cardillo-Zallo, Together Co, Brighthelm Centre, North Road, East Sussex, BN1 1YD
Together Co Befriending enables people to offer support to older people, adults with physical disabilities and their carers who live near them.

Town Break (Befriending)

Town Break, 1 Springkerse Road, Stirlingshire, FK7 7SN
Town Break provides person centred services to support individuals living with dementia and their carers, using the skills of trained, supportive and committed staff and volunteers.

Trent and Dove Housing

Trent And Dove Housing, Trent And Dove Housing, Trinity Square, Horninglow St, Staffordshire, DE14 1BL
A telephone befriending service for Trent and Dove Housing residents across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

TRIP Community Transport (TRIP Befriending)

TRIP Community Transport, 29-31 New Street, Devon, EX14 1HA
TRIP runs a Community Transport operation that allows access to volunteer cars and mini buses that are adapted for those requiring lifting into vehicles as well trips out and the relief of isolation and companionship using our Befriending scheme in Honiton (East Devon) and surrounding villages.

University of Essex

University Of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, United Kingdom, CO4 3SQ
Connected Communities is a partnership project between English and French councils and the University of Essex.

Viewpoint

Viewpoint, Unit 28, Ridgeway, Hertfordshire, AL7 2AA
We're a charity that supports people who have a background in mental health as well as addiction challenges. Whether it's through courses, events or sharing their own experiences, whatever their story, we welcome them to become Viewpoint members so we can help support their mental health and addiction.

VISITING FRIENDS SCIO

VISITING FRIENDS SCIO, First Floor, 101-103 East Clyde Street, Argyll And Bute, G84 7PJ
Visiting Friends provides volunteer befrienders for any adult in Helensburgh and Lomond who might be socially isolated or lonely. Clients are carefully matched with one volunteer who will make a weekly visit or telephone call. Visiting Friends also normally holds regular coffee mornings for the friends throughout the year and ensures that issues like transport are addressed to ensure that the client can attend.

Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden, Belmont Street, Chalk Farm, NW1 8HF
We work with community links volunteers who provide befriending for local Camden residents.

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan)

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, 128, Almada Street, South Lanarkshire, ML3 0EW
We're a Third sector interface

Voluntary Action South Leicestershire

Rohini Corfield, Voluntary Action South Leicestershire, Torch House, Torch Way, Northampton Road, Leicestershire, LE16 9HL
Community Champions empowers people over 60 who live alone in Harborough District, and enables them to make new local friendships. The project also organises free monthly Community Gatherings providing accessible transport for 25 people to make new friendships over tea and cakes at local cafes and golf clubs.

Voluntary Support North Surrey (Time to Talk)

Voluntary Support North Surrey, 1st Floor, IGC, Knoll Road, Surrey, GU15 3SY
Time to Talk is a befriending service for residents of Surrey Heath of any age, who is experiencing loneliness. It is a free service run by trained volunteers who give their time to help keep you company. If you have been feeling lonely and would like someone to visit you, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Centre Greenwich (Supported Volunteering Project and Emotional and Well Being Project)

Volunteer Centre Greenwich, 1st Floor, Equitable House, 7 General Gordon Square, London, SE18 6FH
Befriending The Emotional Support and Wellbeing Project provides telephone support to the residents of Greenwich isolated from the continuing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The project is now offering walk and talk, coffee and chat meet ups and support to access activities. Skilled trained volunteers provide telephone support to those in need of friendship, reassurance and connection during this situation. All volunteers are trained to not only offer a friendly ear but also to identify additional services required and to signpost and refer individuals to other organisations. Supported Volunteering Volunteer Centre Greenwich has run a supported volunteering project for over ten years, supporting people with a range of needs including, disability, mental health issues, long term unemployment and barriers in social housing. The project provides bespoke volunteering opportunities accessed with the support of a trained mentor. The project enhances people’s employment prospects by increasing their confidence, skills and experience. Currently the project is supporting people with a learning disability.
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Volunteer Glasgow (Young Person's Befriending Service)

Jean Inglis, Volunteer Glasgow, Volunteer Glasgow, Brunswick House, 51 Wilson Street, G1 1UZ
YPBS provides a high quality service to young people aged 8-18 who are coping with difficult circumstances in their lives.

Volunteering Matters (North Lanarkshire Befriending Project)

John Brown, Volunteering Matters, Unit6/7 Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, FK10 3SA
Operating across North Lanarkshire , our befriending service offers support to isolated young people, and young people identified as Young Carers aged 8-18. These activities are seen as a “timeout” for young people who often live in challenging circumstances. Befrienders are aged 18 years or over, have a spare 2 hours per week/ fortnight for outings and are able to commit to supporting a young person for 12 months.

WCAVA

WCAVA, 4-6 Clemens Street, Leamington Spa, CV31 2DL
Both telephone and 'in-person'befriending for carers who are experiencing loneliness or isolation due to not being able to get out much.

Wellbeing Scotland

Wellbeing Scotland, 14 Bank Street, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1HP
To provide support with social isolation with an emphasis on building the confidence and self-esteem of the service user. Giving individual attention and support Spending time together regularly Enabling people to identify the resources to meet their needs Encouraging choice Being a good listener Helping to reduce social isolation Having fun
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West Norfolk Befriending

West Norfolk Befriending, 12, Thoresby College, Queen Street, Norfolk, PE30 1HX
West Norfolk befriending works to decrease isolation among older people in West Norfolk. Following an assessment, via the telephone or at home you will be matched with a vetted, trained and supported volunteer who will make contact fortnightly. WNB hosts several community groups and social events in the year. Just call the office if you would like to know more about the service. The service is delivered using current Government guidance and with the safety of clients volunteers and staff as a priority.

Wirral Mind

Kate Russell, Wirral Mind, St Catherines Health Centre, Church Road, Tranmere, Wirral, CH42 0LQ
The befriending service exists to support adults aged from 18 to 65 years living within the Wirral who are experiencing or have experienced mental health problems.

Y Dref Werdd

Y Dref Werdd, Y Dref Werdd, 5 High Street, Gwynedd, LL41 3AE
We team up volunteers with individuals who'd like to use our services , to help tackle loneliness in our communities. This can be over the phone or by doing outdoor socially distant activities e.g.