Adult Befriending Service

The Adult Befriending Service aim is to help people over the age of 60 remain in their own homes independently for longer by having a Befriender visit you or by group befriending. To be referred for 1-1 Befriending • All referrals must be aged 60 or over who are isolated and struggling to maintain life in their own home independently
• Older People who have caring responsibilities
• Older people in the outer isles who are geographically isolated
• Older people with learning disabilities
• Older people affected by stigma in a small community
We also run many different groups such as adult colouring in, games and a walking group.


Current opportunity

The Adult Befriending Service in Orkney offers befriending support to people aged 60 years or over. Our aim is to keep older people in their own homes independently for longer and enhance the quality of life to members of the community who may be socially isolated. Befrienders offer support by spending time with an older person, either in person or on the telephone. They can just have a chat, or share hobbies and interests, go out for a drive, or visit their local coffee shop for lunch, or a cuppa and a cake. Befrienders only need to give around one hour of their time per week. Full training, support and expenses are provided.