East Dunbartonshire Befriending Service

Charity registered in Scotland SC051503

Befriending aims to make a difference to the quality of life of people experiencing social isolation due to ageing, disability or other changes in their circumstances. Befriending is a supported relationship between two people: the person who wishes a befriender and a trained volunteer. It can increase choices about the way people spend their time.Through assessment of individual needs the Befriending Team facilitate compatible matches. They have regular contact for an agreed time and engage in social activities which are usually enjoyable to both either in their home or in the community. In addition to face to face befriending we offer contact with a volunteer either by telephone or by letter/email.

Current opportunities

The purpose of the service is to provide a Volunteer Befriender to12-18 yr olds and reduce the risk of social isolation in East Dunbartonshire. The aim is to help develop confidence, emotional growth and resilience, enabling the child to have the best outcomes in life. The emphasis should be on the young person having fun, out and about in their local community. The young people, will not be known to Social Services and will be referred to the service by their school/guidance teacher, as a preventative measure. Trained and vetted volunteers will be matched on the basis that they are the best befriender for an individual young person.

To assist at our Lunch Club at Bield Complex, Lammermoor Rd, Lammermoor Gardens. Help setting up table, serving food, clearing up dishes to go into dishwasher and spend some time with the clients.

Volunteers are required to befriend those in our community who are lonely and isolated in the East Dunbartonshire area. Full training will be given and you will be part of a supportive network of volunteers. We also run lunch clubs in the local communities where volunteers assist with the running of the lunch club and chatting to those who attend