Volunteer With Us

Our volunteers of all ages are enriched by the friendships they form and the experiences they have.

See  more detailed information and download an Application form or get in touch with your local branch

"I have absolutely loved being a part of interest link during lockdown. "

"The enthusiasm of the person I am linked with has rubbed off on me. She appreciates so many little things that previously I might have taken for granted. "

"Given me more confidence and skills that I have been able to apply in my career."

"One of the best parts of volunteering is seeing how happy the service users are and how much they need the activities."

"I feel really fortunate to be volunteering with Interest Link."

"It made me more confident to say hello and start up a conversation with people with learning disabilities at school."

"I love volunteering. I believe that you get what you give in this life and I get a lot out of this."

"I soon realised that if you are friendly and encouraging great relationships can be formed easily."

"It as shown me how the Interest Link groups are often the only social activity that some people have access to."

"I enjoy volunteering and love to hear the children laughing and having fun!"

"The Facebook and zoom has helped keep us all connected during these difficult times, helped us know we are not alone and still have all our friends from the groups!"

"Love the good work Interest Link does I highly recommend it .it is really good for your mind and health and you learn a lot"

"It helped me grow as a person from the experiences it has brought me."

Befriending Opportunities

One-to-One Befriending

Being matched with someone similar in age and/or interests within your Branch area. Meeting up regularly for community activities you choose between you such as walks, shopping, going for coffee, sport, sightseeing.

Distance Befriending

Since March 2020 our service has been mainly through Zoom, social media, telephone. penpals & newsletters.  Distance activities will diminish as we can get back to face to face, but be sustained longterm as a complement and backup to the face to face service.

Group Befriending

We have 16 social groups for children, young people and adults that meet across the Borders, in Duns, Coldstream, Kelso, Selkirk, Hawick and Peebles, with occasional expeditions or overnight trips.  Activities are chosen by group members and typically include arts & crafts, drama, film, cookery, music, movie nights, games and meals out.

In-school Groups

Lunchtime groups in Hawick, Duns, Selkirk, Galashiels & Kelso help us reach children who cannot attend our community groups for any reason.  These are mostly on hold until the autumn term.

The Difference You Can Make

Members make friends and develop confidence, self-esteem and communication skills, while family carers and siblings get regular short breaks.