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Welcome to Befriending Networks' Media Centre. Befriending offers a supportive, trusting relationship through volunteer befrienders to people throughout all sections of the community who are socially isolated or facing difficulties in their lives. Befriending Networks operates a large, national network of projects active or interested in befriending.

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Befriending Networks Briefing on A Connected Scotland: The social isolation and loneliness strategy

31 Jan In preparation for the Parliamentary debate on A Connected Scotland BNs sent a briefing to several MSPs who had shown interest in the role of befriending.

Scotlands Social Isolation and Loneliness Strategy is launched today

18 Dec Befriending Networks is pleased to see the launch of Scottish Government’s strategy ‘A Connected Scotland’ to tackle loneliness and isolation. We are particularly pleased to note the profile of Befriending within the strategy under Priority 3, the funding for ourselves as part of the infrastructure support to the sector and of the important role Befriending and Befrienders play, in tackling social isolation and loneliness within communities across Scotland being recognised.

Gerry & Philip supported by the London Irish Centre

30 Oct Gerry, originally from Westmeath, has been supported by the London Irish Centre for several years. He has just celebrated his 83rd birthday.

Bill and June Versus Arthritis

24 Oct read about the impact of befriending for Bill and June

Families First Supporting Volunteers

24 Oct Hear about the difference volunteering made for Mackenzie

Liams Story

24 Oct Learn about the impact of befriending for Liam

Kims Story

24 Oct After volunteering since the age of 15 Kim is now studying medicine

Fiona & Alison

24 Oct Fiona and Alison befriending in Dumfries

Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Recognising the impact of their work

24 Oct Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project recently had the great honour to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Simon and Independent Age

24 Oct Simon Inchley volunteers for Independent Age.

Susan White Befrienders Highland

24 Oct Read about Susans journey from volunteer to manager

Good Morning Service

24 Oct Albert Dickie had been widowed and was experiencing a sense of personal worthlessness, hopelessness and thoughts of ending his life. When visiting his GP he was referred to the Good Morning Service. Read about the impact befriending has made for him

Time to Talk - Bob and Jordan

24 Oct Time To Talk provides intergenerational befriending. Watch Bobs story

Forging new friendships

24 Oct Befriend in Bellshill Moira, 86, has lived in Coatbridge all her life. Health issues such as osteoporosis, arthritic pain and high blood pressure make it difficult for her to get out and about. This has led to her feeling lonely and isolated from the community she loves. This is her story.

July News from England

24 Jul Diane, our Development Officer for England was out and about in July at different events around the country. Here’s a brief summary of those events.

Befriending Networks response to PVG Consultation

24 Jul Befriending Networks Response to the Scottish Govt Protection of Vulnerable Groups and the Disclosure of Criminal Information Consultation

Befriending Week Plea

27 Jun Help us gather stories for Befriending Week

A Connected Scotland - Joint response around needs of Looked After Children

15 May In addition to our organisational response to the Scottish Governments consultation on A Connected Scotland, the draft strategy on tackling loneliness and social isolation, we participated in a joint response about how these issues impact on Looked After or Care Experienced Children and Young People. This joint response was coordinated by CELCIS and signed up to by Befriending Networks, Barnardos Scotland, Children in Scotland, LGBT Youth Scotland, Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum, Who Cares Scotland?, Youthlink Scotland.

Take the Time Campaign

30 Apr Many thanks to Bauer Radio for their work across Scotland on the Take the Time Campaign, encouraging listeners to sign up to become volunteer befrienders in their areas.

A Reception at Downing Street

30 Jan Rohini Corfield from member Voluntary Action South Leicester Community Champions was privileged to be invited by her local MP Neil O’Brien to a reception at 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Tracey Crouch MP as Minister for Loneliness.

A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections

23 Jan See the transcript of the debate, held in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18th January 2018.

Befrienders Beat Loneliness

01 Nov Andy McArthur is one of the volunteer befrienders working with St Andrew’s Hospice Befriending Project, Lanarkshire. He regularly visits William, providing company and companionship.

"Living the dream". A story about befriending

25 Oct

How loneliness is bad for your health

19 Sep Daily Mail piece on the Loneliness in Scotland: A National Summit held in Edinburgh 6th September 2016.

Befrienders recognised by Parliament

25 Nov Margaret Mitchell MSP attends a joint Befriending Week 2015 event by Befriend in Bellshill and Befreind Motherwell and then raises a motion in Scottish Parliament to recognise their work and the Befriending Networks Thunderclap campaign.

University of Edinburgh Launches 18-Month ESRC-Funded Research Into Children's Befriending

18 Jan

Social Relationships are Key To Health and to Health Policy

07 Oct

Scotland Gets Its First Befriending Project for LGBT Older People

12 Aug

New Dementia Training Package Sets New Direction for Befriending

09 Jun

Scotland's Befriending Sector to Measure Wellbeing

07 Apr

Befriending Facts and Figures 2008

21 Apr Some interesting facts and figures about the befriending sector in Scotland from the number of volunteer hours worked through to existing gaps in provision.

Scotland's Befriending sector reveals widespread ADHD misdiagnosis

27 Nov Misdiagnosis of ADHD may go some way to explaining why volunteer befrienders have largely positive experiences of working with children expected to have disruptive behaviour.