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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.
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Befriending Lewis

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

Bethany Christian Trust

Pall Singh, Bethany Christian Trust, 65 Bonnington Rd, EH6 5JQ
Working to support homeless and vulnerable people to live independently within society

Bexley Winter Shelter

Bexley Winter Shelter, 24 Station Road, Kent, DA15 7DU
We provide shelter during the winter months for those experiencing homelessness in the London Borough of Bexley

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council, 138 Digbeth, Earlsdon, West Midlands, B5 6DR
We are a Birmingham based charity that supports other organisations across the voluntary sector and those who work in health. We do not directly offer befriending services ourselves, but currently we work to support and co-ordinate projects involving a number of befriending services around the city, and are well placed to signpost people into suitable organisations.

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/self referral Building Futures Together Regal Court Business Centre Slough Telephone 01753 555650 Email bftenquiry@gmail.com

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

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.

Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales)

Coed Lleol (Small Woods Wales), Coed Lleol (Smal Woods Wales), Unit 1, Forestry Hub, Dyfi Eco Park, Powys, SY20 8AX
We are offering 1:1 wellbeing and nature connection phone befriending during the Covid-19 crisis. We want to reach out in this time of crisis and support communities by providing listening, friendly support, ideas and activities to improve wellbeing and to get through the social distancing.

Community Companions (Hounslow Muslim Centre)

Community Companions, 4-6, Hanworth Road, Middlesex, TW3 1UA
Based in the London Borough of Hounslow, we are here to help support the elderly, vulnerable and isolated during the pandemic era and beyond.

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 that was the anchor organisation for the Tamworth area leading the community response during the Pandemic for Staffordshire County Council and Tamworth Borough Council. As a result we expanded our befriending service, by establishing a gateway service called the Tamworth Telephone Support Line where people could get connected with a range of services, statutory, voluntary or private. We also have a focus on tackling loneliness and isolation, with the befriending service being one of our tools to do this, but we also run a community centre in the Heart of Tamworth Castle Grounds providing daily social activities inc Walking, Cycling groups, cuppa and a chat sessions, friendship group, arts and crafts club, Saturday morning men's breakfast, Digital IT support and much more... We are also currently working with Befriending Networks as we look to achieve our Quality in Befriending accreditation and a commitment from our service to offer the best befriending service as we possibly can. Website - www.communitytogethercic.org.uk

Fife Womens Aid

Kate McCormack, Fife Womens Aid, Suite 1, First Floor, Saltire House, Pentland Park, Fife, KY6 2AL
We offer a variety of services across Fife to support women, children and young people who experience domestic abuse. Our volunteers are from all walks of life, complete a thorough training programme, and are PVG and reference checked.

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.

Foothold

Foothold, Napier House, 24 High Holborn, WC1V 6AZ
We are a charity supporting engineers and their families.

Fresh Community Wellness

Fresh Community Wellness, 41 Northsea Court, Seaton, Aberdeenshire, AB24 1WG
FRESH Community Wellness 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. We also offer an open to all session every Thursday 1pm in Duthie Park, Aberdeen. As well as being Covid-safe, meeting outdoors gives everyone the space for some fresh air and light exercise. 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. Whatever kind of person you are, and whatever interests you, you are bound to meet someone who clicks with you. Our induction process starts with basic emergency response, use of naloxone, mental health & suicide awareness, stigma and motivational interviewing techniques. 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.

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.
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Home Link Family Support

Jane Ellis, Home Link Family Support, 1 Dalkeith Road Mews, Edinburgh, EH16 5GA
Volunteer to support families with pre-school children, at home, and provide practical and emotional support. By being a good listener, a volunteer can gently build up parents’ skills and self-esteem. During the pandemic our volunteers are still supporting families by phone and zoom.

Humanity First UK

Humanity First UK, 27 Red Lion Business Park, Red Lion Road, Surrey, KT6 7QD
Humanity First Befriending Service aims to reduce isolation and provide a listening ear to anyone over the age of 60. If you are: - over 60 years of age - experiencing loneliness, or - need practical advice on connecting with others in the community our trained volunteers are available to speak over the phone. You can refer yourself or we can receive referrals from health professionals and support groups, with permission.

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.

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.

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.

MA Centre UK (MACCS Befriending Companions)

MA Centre UK, 211 Fair Acres, Kent, BR2 9YG
The MACCS Befriending Companions is a free service, which offers a listening ear and a friendly voice for individuals feeling lonely and isolated.

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.

Move On (Move On Support Service)

Louise Stroobant, Move On, 25 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA
The Move On Support Service provides social and emotional support to young people aged 16-25 who have previously been affected by homelessness and who are living in the City of Edinburgh.

New Way

New Way, 7/9, Colquhoun Street, Argyll & Bute, G84 8AN
New Way provides peer befriending services for people in difficulty with their own or another persons use of alcohol and other drugs.

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.
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People Know How (Positive Transitions and Reconnect)

Glenn Liddall , People Know How, 525 Ferry Road, EH5 2FF
Positive Transitions: Support for children, young people and families This service offers one-to-one and group support for children, young people and families that focuses on enhancing transitions, developing stronger relationships at schools, and increasing self-esteem and confidence. Our dedicated Befriending Coordinators work closely with schools, families and other organisations throughout all phases of the project, and thanks to the dedication of our team, we have been awarded the Quality in Befriending Award for our excellence in this work. Reconnect: Support for adults and families Reconnect is a service offering support to adults and families in Edinburgh and East Lothian to help them to improve wellbeing by increasing digital and social inclusion. We believe that digital inclusion and social inclusion are inextricably linked, and together can contribute to enhanced wellbeing. We address wellbeing through digital in a three stage approach: getting the device, getting the support and getting connectivity. The support we provide can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly or ad-hoc, usually between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. We can help with learning to use a digital device, connecting to the internet, navigating the web, connecting with the community, family and friends, learning skills to manage finances, reducing costs (energy providers, data plans, shopping, etc.), finding opportunities for education and employment and feeling less isolated and having someone to talk to.

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.

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.

Ray of Light Wales Cancer Support

Ray Of Light Wales Cancer Support, The Meadows, Peterston Road, Groesfaen, South Glamorgan, CF72 8NU
We provide practical and emotional support for those with the vital and sometimes challenging role of supporting someone with cancer

Rowan Alba Ltd (Community Alcohol Related Damage Service)

Rowan Alba Ltd, 89 - 95 Fountainbridge, EH3 9PU
We work with people who are lonely and isolated and many of the people who use our service have a problematic relationship with alcohol.

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.
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SeAscape Ltd

Jim Montgomery, SeAscape Ltd, SeAscape, 10 - 12 Arthur Street, Ayrshire, KA7 1QJ
SeAscape provide a tenancy support service and rent deposit guarantee scheme as well as befriending in South Ayrshire. Our aim at SeAscape Befriending is to offer a service for everyone aged 16 and above who feels they could either benefit or contribute their time and effort towards preventing loneliness and social isolation, in our community. Through befriending we also hope to help our most vulnerable befriendees feel safe and secure in their homes; settled and happier in their lives and through this, prevent repeat homelessness.
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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.

Southend Churches Community Support

Southend Churches Community Support, Southend Christian Fellowship, 600 Southchurch Road, Essex, Essex, SS1 2PT
Southend Churches Community Support (SCCS) works in partnership with Southend Borough Council.

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 Food Chain

The Food Chain, Acorn House, 314-320 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8DP
The Food Chain supports people living with HIV in London who are in financial or nutritional crisis.

The Ridge SCIO

The Ridge SCIO, 40a High Street, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1JH
Our One-to-one befriending takes place in our community. We can help by providing ideas and inspiration for activities you can both enjoy. We operate a befriending group in Dunbar and the surrounding areas to help you to socialise and enjoy activities based around your interests. Referrals for our befriending project can come from yourself, GP, Social Work and many other agencies within East Lothian.

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.

Time to Help

Time To Help, 337 Fore Street, London, N9 0NU
Both the Dialogue Society and Time to Help UK have dedicated and hardworking volunteers who try to make their communities a better and safe place for everyone. The matched volunteer and the individual will have scheduled phone calls throughout the program.

Tonic Health (Safe Places)

Tonic Health, 6 Broadgate House, Westlode Street, Lincolnshire, PE11 2AF
Tonic Health is a community health and wellbeing charity based in Spalding, South Lincolnshire.

Turning Tides (Turning Tides' Mentoring & Befriending Team)

Turning Tides, Turning Tides, Town Hall, Chapel Road, West Sussex, BN11 1HA
Turning Tides’ mission is to end local homelessness. The mentoring and befriending team aims to promote community inclusion therefore reducing social isolation and institutionalisation within our client group. The team will provide community engagement as well as providing our clients with time to talk and support to access local community groups. We will offer a tailored programme to meet the needs of each individual. What a befriender can offer • companionship and support in help with linking into local activities, e.g. • company and support in attending doctor or hospital appointments • help in dealing with the local housing or social services department • support in developing independent living skills, e.g. • help in setting personal goals or objectives and working towards them.

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.