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Age Exchange

Age Exchange, 11 Blackheath Village, SE3 9LA
Age Exchange’s Virtual Day Care Service The Virtual Day Care service provides a meaningful connection for people living with dementia, those that care for them, and older people experiencing loneliness and/or isolation. It is comprised of several elements. Befriending Telephone Calls Our dedicated team of staff, Reminiscence Arts practitioners and volunteers make these calls regularly. Activity Boxes and DVDs Giving everyone the opportunity to be creative, stay active and have fun – whether that be through visual art, crafts, games, song or movement – is very important to our work at Age Exchange.

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, 1st Floor Alford Focal Point And Library, 6 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) Free online community newspaper to learn transferrable skills 6) Social Prescribing 7) 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.

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.

Befrienders: Argyll and Bute

Arlene Colewell, Befrienders: Argyll And Bute, PO Box 9576, Argyll, PA31 9BB
Befrienders SCIO works with children and young people aged 6-18 with a range of needs.
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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.

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. 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.

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.

Buckinghamshire Disability Services (BuDDies)

Buckinghamshire Disability Services, 33 Sullivan Crescent, Browns Wood, BKM, MK7 8DW
Buddies is a free, confidential service for disabled adults living in Buckinghamshire, who may be feeling lonely or isolated.

Building Circles

Building Circles, C/O Cheltenham Business Point, 105-107 Bath Rd, Gloucestershire, GL53 7LE
Building Circles works to transform lives of people with learning disabilities, encouraging friendships and providing a social platform so that those who are isolated or lonely benefit as much as everyone else. We believe everybody deserves the opportunity to have and make friends.

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.

Chell Area Family Action Group (CAFAG)

Chell Area Family Action Group, The Whitfield Valley Centre, Fegg Hayes Road, Staffordshire, ST6 6QR
CAFAG delivers a range of community activities and services in order to address the needs of the local community within the Fegg Hayes, Chell, Chell Heath and Packmoor areas of Stoke-on-Trent.

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
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COVEY Befriending (Hamilton)

Rhoda Reid, COVEY Befriending (Hamilton), Regent House, 9 High Patrick Street, ML3 7JA
COVEY offers support to vulnerable young people, children and families aged 7-18 in South Lanarkshire. Support is also provided for parents and carers with individual and group support being given where necessary.

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.

Deaf Action (Online Befriending Service)

Deaf Action, 49 Albany Street, City Of Edinburgh, EH1 3QY
We know how lonely it can feel at any age being at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you or someone you know could do with a friendly face to chat to, our befriending service can help you meet Deaf friends in Scotland with similar interests and suitable communication needs for conversation and companionship during this difficult time. Not only can the befriender stay in contact through video calls, text messages, and letters. Deaf BSL users, deafened, deafblind, and hard of hearing all welcome to use our befriending service to meet new friends. If you don’t have a suitable device to communicate online with our befrienders, we can also provide you with the free loan of a computer tablet as well as training.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Jo Burton, Demelza Hospice Care For Children, Demelza House, Rook Lane, Bobbing, Kent, ME9 8DZ
Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with serious or terminal conditions and their loved ones, so they can enjoy time together as family, for as long as they have. Within the service there is a specialist bereavement team, who supports families pre and post bereavement, providing support at a time and in a way that is right for them.

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.
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Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project

Alex Dickson, Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project, 19 Bank Street, DG1 2NX
Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project recruits, trains and supports adult volunteers to befriend vulnerable young people (8 - 18 years) on a one-to-one basis.
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East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Befriending Service

Anne McIlvain, East Dunbartonshire Voluntary Action, Befriending Service, Units 4&5, 18-20 Townhead, Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, G66 1NL
The aim of the service is to challenge loneliness and social isolation and to improve the quality of life of our clients throughout East Dunbartonshire.

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.
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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 and group 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.

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.

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

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.
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Getting Better Together

Christine McNally , 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.

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
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Hands On Project (LEAP)

Georgie Madden, Hands On Project (LEAP), 197 Hamilton Road, Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, G72 7PJ
Hands On Project works in a number of communities within the South Lanarkshire area. The project forms part of LEAP (Lightburn Elderly Association Project) which is a Scottish charity based in Halfway, Cambuslang. We provide a free befriending and handyperson service to people over the age of 50 who are lonely and isolated and who are experiencing difficulties due to their health condition.

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.

Home Group

Home Group, 2 Gosforth Park Way, Gosforth, Tyne And Wear, NE12 8ET
The Volunteer Befriending service offers regular telephone call with one of our trained volunteers for somebody who may be lonely or isolated. Befriending can be a vital link between you and what is going on in the world.
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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.

Home-Start Perth and Kinross

Tania Greenhorn, Home-Start Perth And Kinross, The Gateway, North Methven Street, ---------, PH1 5PP
Home-Start Perth is a Family Support Charity, working as part of the Home-Start network.

HOPE FOR AUTISM

HOPE FOR AUTISM, 145 CHAPEL STREET, Lanarkshire, ML6 6LH
HOPE for Autism is a registered charity (SC033312) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (No 335769). We provide support and services for children and young people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families who live in North Lanarkshire. The groups aim to help the child learn how to become more sociable in a safe, controlled environment. Through a Befriending Group we hope to provide befriending and mentoring depending on the needs of the young person. • befriending young people by spending a few hours once a week or fortnight socialising with people in the home or out and about, doing activities like going to the cinema, shopping, to the gym or an art class. • mentoring young people by helping them to learn new skills and achieve their personal goals, such as travelling more independently, managing money or managing their time.

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.

Ilkley & District Good Neighbours (Walk & Talk)

Ilkley & District Good Neighbours, Riddings Hall, Riddings Road, West Yorkshire, LS29 9LU
Befrienders Befrienders play an invaluable role in offering friendship, reducing isolation, providing stimulation and building confidence by providing… Companionship to an individual older person living in their own home A listening ear, cheerful company and conversation Sharing a pot of tea, reading or writing letters A game of scrabble or a puzzle together Potentially a trip out to a local cafe or accompany on a short walk

IMPACT Fife (Inspiring More Parents and Carers Together)

IMPACT Fife (Inspiring More Parents And Carers Together), 15 Milne Gardens, Fife, KY10 3SG
IMPACT Fife provide a befriending service for families affected by disability, giving the child/young person new opportunities and family members a short break from their caring roles.

Include Me 2 Club SCIO (Include Me 2 Club -Buddy Up)

Include Me 2 Club SCIO, The Hub At James McGuire, 124 Main Street, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, G781SG
Include Me 2 Club SCIO - Buddy Up Project provides a service aimed at our members to focus our work on serving anyone with an additional support need, learning, physical disability, or mental health condition, suffering isolation or loneliness whatever their age.

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 (aged 8 and over), young people and adults with learning disabilities through our four branches covering Roxburgh, Tweeddale, Central Borders and Berwickshire. Members and families can come directly to us to request a service.

Langdon

Langdon, 506, Unit 506 Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, WD6 3FG
Langdon helps hundreds of adults and young people with learning disabilities and autism across the UK to live independent lives through supported living, education, employment support and social activities.

Lead Scotland (Fife Befriending Adults)

Louise Andree, Lead Scotland, 525 Ferry Road, EH5 2AW
Lead Scotland’s Fife Befriending project is a service is for adults (16+) in Fife who feel isolated, lonely or disconnected, perhaps as a result of disability, ill health or other circumstances. We are prioritising people who are most in need rather than people who are already linked with existing day services.

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.

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.

Manchester Settlement (Open Door)

Manchester Settlement, 1328-1330 Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, M11 1LF
Open Door is a FREE referral based befriending line aimed to help combat loneliness by putting people in contact with a telephone friend for regular weekly 30-minute telephone calls focusing on improving their health and wellbeing.

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.

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton

Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, 6-8 Mariners Road, Blundellsands, Merseyside, L23 6SX
Our normal befriending service involves matching people who have things in common with you. During coronavirus restrictions, we are starting a new 'virtual befriending' programme.

Mental Health Matters Wales (MHM Wales)

Mental Health Matters Wales, Union Offices, Quarella Road, Bridgend, CF31 1JW
The ‘Moving On’ Befriending & Mentoring Project is delivered by Mental Health Matters Wales and New Horizons. We are currently providing Telephone Befriending and online Befriending groups to help to reduce isolation and loneliness. Mobile Number: 07966 632709 Email: michelle.williams@mhmwales.org

Monifieth Befrienders

Lindsey Le Grice, Monifieth Befrienders, The Health Centre, Victoria Street, Angus, DD5 4LX
Monifieth Befrienders offers a free befriending service for socially isolated older people, and recently bereaved people of any age, living in Monifieth.

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 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.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Duncan Macmillan House, Porchester Road, NG3 6AA
To befriend patients and provide individual support enabling patients in one of our Forensic units who have little or no contact with persons outside the Hospital to take part in social contacts and provide them with an opportunity to develop links with the outside community.
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Orkney Befriending Service

Kasia Gorzkowska , Orkney Befriending Service, Voluntary Action Orkney, 6 Bridge Street, Orkney, KW15 1HR
Orkney Befriending Service offers 1:1 relationships to keep older people from 60 years upwards remain in their own homes independently for longer.

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.
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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.

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.

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
We provide practical and emotional support for those with the vital and sometimes challenging role of supporting someone with cancer

Renfrewshire Carers Centre

Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Renfrewshire Carers Centre, Unit 55 Embroidery Mill Abbey Mill Business Centre, Renfrewshire, PA1 1TJ
Renfrewshire Carers Centre is a one stop shop for unpaid Carers living in Renfrewshire.

Rescare

Rescare, Nicola Zielinski- Project Officer, 19 Buxton Rd, Stockport, SK2 6LS
Background to Befriending for Rescare Feedback from parents and siblings of people with learning disabilities is that they worry about what will happen to their family member (often adults requiring significant care) after they pass away. We are recruiting and training 6 volunteers to befriend learning-disabled people with elderly parents who can no longer manage.

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Mencap Society, 123 Golden Lane, EC1Y 0RT
At Royal Mencap Society everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. Please get in touch to find out if there are any befriending schemes running in your area by emailing Friendships@mencap.org.uk

Ruby's Fund

Ruby's Fund, Meridian House, Roe Street, Cheshire, CW12 1PG
Ruby's Fund befriending project supports parent carers who care for children from birth with additional needs and disabilities within Cheshire East to reduce social isolation and help parent carers to become part of community life and improve family life

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.

Share Community

Share Community, Share Community Ltd, 64 Altenburg Gardens, SW11 1JL
We provide a befriending service for adults with learning disabilities and autism in South West London.

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.

SLCo (Speech Language Communication Company)

SLCo, 42-44 Castle St, DD1 3AQ
Get A Buddy GAB is a programme designed for children and young people aged between 11 and 21 who experience social exclusion due to speech, language and communication barriers.

South Ayrshire Befriending Project

South Ayrshire Befriending Project, 4a Citadel Place, KA7 1JN
South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) is a small, independent, registered charity. Young people are supported by our Befriender Volunteers on a one to one basis meeting up for a few hours every two weeks. Our aim is to reduce the social isolation of the young person, increase their confidence and self esteem and to ensure they are included and feel valued.

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.

St Elizabeth hospice

St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, IP38LX
Befrienders- Compassionate friends To support people and their families at end of life, with kindness, friendship and neighbourliness.
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Sycamore Families

Kerry Anne Duffin, Sycamore Families, Aberlour, West Bridge Mill, Bridge Street, Fife, KY1 1TE
A residential and fostering child care resource.

The Brain Charity

The Brain Charity, Www.thebraincharity.org.uk/be-involved/be-a-volunteer, Norton St, Liverpool, L3 8LR
We are proud to say that The Brain Charity has a dedicated and passionate volunteer team that have been recognised for their excellence with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK. We have all sorts of people volunteer for us, with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We recruit every three months, which involves a recruitment session where we invite potential volunteers to our centre in Liverpool city centre.
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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.

Trust Befriending - Inverclyde Community Development Trust

Karen Wilkie, Trust Befriending - Inverclyde Community Development Trust, 7 1/2 John Wood Street, Inverclyde , PA14 5HU
Trust Befriending Inverclyde offers volunteer delivered social support to vulnerable adults with community care needs over the age of 18 in Inverclyde

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.
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Volunteer Glasgow (Young Person's Befriending Service)

Jean Inglis, Volunteer Glasgow, Volunteer Glasgow, Abbey House, 10 Bothwell St, 1st Floor, G2 6LU
YPBS provides a high quality service to young people aged 8-18 who are coping with difficult circumstances in their lives.

Volunteering in Health

Volunteering In Health, Volunteering In Health, Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Devon, TQ14 9BQ
We are a wellbeing and social prescribing charity. Befriending is not a onesize fits all, the client and befriender negociate what works best for them within the terms of our organisation to ensure safeguarding and care for all concerned.

Volunteering Matters (Volunteers Supporting Families Edinburgh)

John Brown, Volunteering Matters, Unit6/7 Alloa Business Centre, The Whins, FK10 3SA
Operating within North Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire, our befriending services offer support to vulnerable young people aged 8-18 within their local areas. These activities are seen as a “timeout” for young people who often live in difficult 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.