We provide a wide range of volunteer befriending support for people with learning disabilities (and young people with autism) in the Scottish Borders.  1:1 friendships, social groups and distance contact are blended to enrich the lives of our members, their carers and volunteers of all ages.


Find out how you (or the person you care for) could benefit from our befriending service.


Join 200 volunteers across the Scottish Borders enriching their lives through befriending.

“I feel valued”

“I feel happier because I have friends that I can trust”

“I am better at telling people what I mean.”

“More confident, doing things I have never done.”

“I would have been very lonely if it hadn't been for Interest Link over the past 2 years.”

“Seeing my friends makes me feel happy."

“I am not so shy”

“Always felt safe in the group.”

Our Activities

One-to-One Befriending

Members and volunteers meet up regularly for activities of their choice.

In-school Groups

Lunchtime groups help us reach children who cannot attend our community groups for any reason.

Group Befriending

We have social groups for children, young people and adults that meet across the Borders.

Distance Befriending

During the pandemic we delivered our service remotely, and we have kept some Zoom and social media contact.