Befriending in Aberdeen

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.

Many organisations in the 3rd sector provide befriending services, please see the list here offering live volunteering opportunities.

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



  • Befriending Networks – 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.
  • 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.
  • Volunteer Aberdeen – a great resource providing current volunteering opportunities within Aberdeen.


  • 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


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