What is Befriending?

Befriending is a supported friendship between two people: a trained Volunteer and a Friend (Befriendee). Befriending is offered to alleviate feelings of isolation (social or geographic) and loneliness resulting from a lack of opportunity to meet people for social contact, to make friends, or have someone to talk to for whatever reason.

People can be isolated or feel alone for all sorts of reasons – family living at a distance, experience of bereavements, or frail health restricting lifestyle and activities. Befriending provides safe, reliable, 1-1 friendly social contact which brings companionship, interest and fun and adds social normality to a person’s life.

Who we can help

Anyone who is over 65 who is lonely or isolated and lives in Bucksburn, Stoneywood, Dyce, Bridge of Don or Kingswells can be referred for a befriender. A person can refer themselves or be referred by a relative, friend, neighbour or by a professional eg doctor, nurse, care manager.

Our volunteers

We are very fortunate to have volunteers of all ages (20 to 80's) who give from about an hour to a couple of hours a week. They come from all walks of life, different professions and areas and all are, without question, exceptional.

"I really look forward to Tuesdays because I know my befriender will be coming in, she never lets me down, and we always have a good chat"

The Living Well Befriending Service
01224 712808
befriending@thelivingwellproject.org.uk