Announcement - New Befriending Fund Allocation

Wed 15 Sep 2021

Befriending Networks were delighted to be one of nine organisations benefitting from the first round of funding from the Scottish Government aimed at Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness, part of the new £10 million pound commitment over the next 5 years. This provides Befriending Networks with core funding for the period October 2021 to April 2022, ensuring we can continue to support all befriending organisations across Scotland. It also enabled us to run a grant programme for members sharing a £160k fund with local befriending projects across Scotland, supporting those hardest hit by the pandemic. We were really pleased with creativity and quality of these applications, making our decisions difficult.

This funding was targeted at befriending projects supporting young people 16-24, women, carers and those living with Dementia.  The funding could be used to sustain or increase befriending coordinators workings hours, cover volunteer expenses, provide activities/groups where it is safe to do so, or digital devices/support that enable matches to go ahead at a distance, where this is preferred.

Successful applications covered all client group criteria

·       16-24 years – 3 projects

·       Women – 7 projects

·       Carers – 5 projects

·       Those with dementia – 7 projects

Within the client groups detailed other factors included: perinatal befriending, a service for women experiencing domestic abuse, young carers, mental health, and addictions. Successful applicants will be working within 13 local authority areas with the bulk of applicants based in and around the central belt.

Organisations receiving funding from our New Befriending Fund


Airdrie CAB

Befrienders Highland



Cyrenians/Ripple Project


Elder Voice

Hand of Solace

Hands On LEAP

Home Start East Lothian

Queensferry Churches Community Care

Raploch Community Partnership

Rowan Alba

Volunteer Glasgow

Volunteering Matters

We look forward to hearing the progress of their projects and matches in the coming months and will report on the outcomes in May 2022.

Click here for news announcement on Befriending Networks benefits from Scottish Government Funding Tackling Social Isolation and Loneliness

Click here for details of our new Befriending Fund