Befriending

What is Befriending?

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

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

As well as one-to-one befriending, we also offer the chance to attend our get-togethers, where people can enjoy a chat and a brew – cake included!

We also organise occasional activities including things like crafts, small concerts, quizzes, and boccia.

Get in touch

If you know someone who would like extra company, a chance to get out and about, and the opportunity to socialise a bit more, then get in touch.

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.

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?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or access this service please contact one of our offices:

Duns office

Address

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

Opening Hours

  • Monday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Tuesday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Thursday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Friday

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • Saturday

    Closed

  • Sunday

    Closed

This office is open during lunch.

Eyemouth office

Address

Berwickshire Housing Association
38 Church Street
Eyemouth
Berwickshrie
TD14 5DH
Phone #1 01890 750888

Opening Hours

  • Monday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Tuesday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:30 am - 4:30 pm

  • Thursday

    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Friday

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • Saturday

    Closed

  • Sunday

    Closed

This office will close for lunch between 12:30pm and 1:30pm daily.

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

My volunteer, Nicky, changed my life.

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

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

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.

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

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

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