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What is Befriending?

The primary purpose of BHA BeFriend is to support older people (over 55) living in Berwickshire and Kelso.

BeFriend volunteers visit older people who are lonely and isolated. They provide someone to chat to, someone to go out for a coffee with or for a walk round the park. The people we visit and our volunteers say that they really feel the benefit of the visits, both in their mental and physical wellbeing.

As well as one-to-one befriending, we also offer a limited number of places in befriending groups. The groups meet to chat, take part in activities, and eat cake. The groups also go on day trips. North Berwick is a popular destination, with its beaches, Scottish Seabird Centre, charity shops, and restaurants. The ice-cream shop was another very popular feature. We also have a group that is specifically for people who identify as LGBT+.

Get in Touch if You Know Someone

Get in touch if you know someone who would like companionship, someone to listen, pop in and say hello, provide transport to a local club, or go for coffee or on an outing, The service is personalised, one-to-one, face-to-face, and free.

What About Volunteering?

Being a volunteer befriender is one of the most rewarding things you can do. The role gives you an opportunity to be a friend to people who desperately need someone to talk to or someone who needs some extra company in their life.

Volunteering is good for you. Our volunteers talk about increased confidence, a wider social circle, a new challenge, the chance to give something back to your community, better health, new skills. Get in touch to find out more.

Our befrienders are reliable, dedicated, and supportive. They are dedicated to helping older people who are isolated or lonely. Befriending can help someone to find a new lease of life or a new direction in life. Could you give a couple of hours a week to bring some companionship and interest into the life of a lonely and isolated older person? Or could you help out at befriending groups? if so, please get in touch today.