Improving the quality of life of people
with learning disabilities and their
carers through volunteer befriending
Company Ltd by Guarantee, No. SC297772
We run befriending services that link people with learning disabilities and volunteers so they can meet up regularly to do activities they both enjoy.
The Need We Meet:
What Makes Befriending So Effective
¨ The relationship between someone with learning disabilities and their volunteer has a very special quality because the volunteer is there purely out of choice. This has a huge impact on their quality of life and outlook.
link children and young people with volunteers of a similar age: this cannot be
achieved by conventional support services.
How Our Services Work
¨ People with learning disabilities of all ages are matched 1:1 with volunteers who share their interests, are usually of a similar age and meet up with them regularly.
¨ Activities are entirely up to them and are usually out in the community doing things like evening classes, arts & crafts, golf, going to the cinema, cycling, local events, walks, swimming, shopping, dance classes or football.
¨ Activities usually last for around three hours and can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
¨ All our branches run young people’s groups (for ages 16-25) and some run them for children (ages 8-16) and adults (over 25).
¨ As well as being fun, the groups build confidence and help develop the ability to interact and communicate as part of a group.
¨ Groups usually have roughly equal numbers of volunteers and service users and meet up on a weekday evening.
¨ Group members decide what they want to do, and as well as social and leisure activities, they often do music, art & crafts, drama and outward bound projects.
How We Are Organised
We have four Branches: Berwickshire, Buddies Central Borders, Roxburgh and Tweeddale. Each branch has its own Co-ordinator, who works with service users, recruits, checks and trains volunteers and creates and supports all the befriending links and groups in their area.
Would You Like To Use Our Services Or Volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our Volunteering page