Befriending involves two or more people coming together with the aim of establishing an informal and social relationship. It can happen independently and informally, for example visiting a neighbour, or it can be initiated through and supported by an organisation, which works by identifying and meeting particular needs.

If you would like to find out more about befriending please contact –

Volunteer or make a referral about Befriending for Older People in Aberdeen:

  • Sheddocksley Area: Contact Phil Burnett ( a Parish Nurse who runs the scheme) on 07895-666354 . It’s their single point of referral , or :
  • Newhills & Bucksburn area: Contact Ruth Groves @ The Living Well Project, Befriending Service, The Stables, Newhills Church, Bucksburn, Aberdeen on 01224 712808 or
  • Torry area: Jonathan Astill of TLC – ‘Loving Our City’,  Project going live in Spring 2016 but are open for enquiries
  • Alzheimer’s Scotland are also keen to find befrienders – phone Rod McDermid on 01224-644077 or  on 214 Union Street.
  • also runs services in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • Christians Against Poverty (CAP) – they provide ‘befrienders’ for those in debt and wanting long term support to cope.

A Key Resource for any organisation or person needing to know more about Befriending:  Befriending Networks is the national umbrella organisation for Befriending in Scotland (and elsewhere), they run great training events and conferences all over the country and are available to answer any befriending query at any time



  • Aberdeen Lunch Clubs – The Lunch Club Network Aberdeen provides a place where you can find information on lunch clubs in your area. Developed by Sheddocksley Baptist Church using Change Fund money.
  • Befriending Networks – Befriending Networks is the country’s leading resource on befriending and provides access to all the latest research, training and advice keeping befriending services at the highest standards
  • Dementia Friends – People with dementia get by with a little help from their friends. And anybody can become a Dementia Friend. It’s just about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition.
  • Playlist for Life – Playlist for Life encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia.


  • Social Happiness by Professor Neil Thin – Neil Thin is one of the foremost writers in the UK today and has given a superb plenary session at the Befriending Networks annual conference