What is BeFriend?

BeFriend is here to support isolated people who are over 55 and live in Berwickshire or Kelso.

Our trained and vetted volunteers visit people who feel lonely and isolated, offering companionship, a chat, a chance to go out for coffee, or even a walk round the park. The people we visit really feel the benefit in their physical and mental wellbeing.

As well as one-to-one befriending, we offer the chance to attend our group activities which are organised around community events, craft sessions, indoor sports like boccia, and small concerts.

For people who feel they’ve just lost a little confidence but need to get out and about, we can offer a short term service for up to six weeks.

What about volunteering?

Being a volunteer befriender is one of the most rewarding things you can do. It gives you a chance to be a friend to someone who really needs companionship and someone to talk to.

If one-to-one befriending isn’t for you, why not think about volunteering at our group events or volunteering to drive people to the events?

All of our volunteers are reliable, dedicated and supportive. They can help someone to find a new lease of life. Got a spare couple of hours a week to help out a lonely and isolated older person?

Full training, a police check and expenses are provided.

Keep up the good work, I love volunteering for the project, it’s very rewarding.

The only people who come to see me are carers, two friends, and my befriender.

I would have no social interaction if it wasn’t for BeFriend.

Joe is not only my befriender, he is my friend.

The service works brilliantly for me. It’s helped me come out of my shell and get to other activities

My volunteer is charming and has become a firm friend, I would miss her if I lost her.

Everyone at the befriend project have all gone out of their way to make me feel part of life again.

I volunteer at the group befriending, it’s been great to see total strangers who have over the months formed friendships and they seem to have clearly got a lot out of this and that in turn makes any volunteering I have done worthwhile.

Get in touch with BeFriend

You can contact the BeFriend team using the contact details below:

Due to Cornavirus are offices are closed to the public. But we are still working for you during our opening hours.


Berwickshire Housing Association
55 Newtown Street
TD11 3AU
Phone #1 01361 884000

Opening Hours

  • Monday

    8:45 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    8:45 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    8:45 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    8:45 am - 4:00 pm

  • Saturday


  • Sunday


* Due to the Cornavirus our offices are closed to the public. However our staff will still be avaliable to contact by phone during the opening hours above.