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BEFRIENDING

Our popular re:discover befriending services help people to take the first steps towards meeting new people, rediscovering old hobbies and developing new interests and connections. 

re:discover befriending offers 6-month matches with the flexibility to be extended up to a maximum of 12 months where appropriate.  It is currently available to anyone feeling isolated due to experiencing mental ill health and living in Edinburgh, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders.

A volunteer will:

  • Build the person’s confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide more opportunities for social contact
  • Support them in building relationships with others
  • Encourage them to take part in local activities or groups
  • Help them to pick up old hobbies and interests and discover new ones

How to apply

re:discover Midlothian:

Referrals for Midlothian are assessed on an ongoing basis. These should be made directly to the service or via the Joint Mental Health Team.  Please contact Lisa Hodkinson by email or phone 0131 202 6413 or 077607 53020.  Self and third-party referral forms are available at the bottom of this page. 

re:discover Borders:
As with Midlothian, referrals in the Borders can be made directly to the service and will be assessed on an ongoing basis. Please contact Jenni Dunlop, who's based in Galashiels, by email or phone 01896 750 983. You can also contact Tracey Dick, who's based in Duns, by email or phone 07760 75303.Self and third-party referral forms are available at the bottom of this page.

re:discover Edinburgh:

Within re:discover Edinburgh, we review all referrals at the end of each month and allocate spaces by the middle of the following month. The next deadline for new referrals will be 31 October 2017. Self and third-party referral forms are available below.

Please note that we only accept referrals via fax or post.
Referrers including self-referrers can call Farah or Lynn on 0131 225 8508 for more information.

Referral forms for re:discover Edinburgh, Midlothian and Scottish Borders:
If you would like to download a self-referral form for any of the above re:discover services they are at the bottom of this page. 

If you would like to download a third-party referral form for any of the above re:discover services they are at the bottom of this page.

Befriending Services, Assistant Manager:

Kevin Kent: kevinkent@health-in-mind.org.uk

Volunteering

Would you like to join the Befriending team?

We look for a minimum commitment of 6 months from our befriending volunteers. We offer excellent training, out of pocket expenses and an opportunity to make a real difference.

The Befriending team comprises three unique services including re:discover, HPS Connections and Equal Access, with a wide range of volunteering opportunities. If you would like a volunteer application form, please email us. We are also always keen to hear from new volunteers so please feel free to ring us on 0131 225 8508 if you have any questions. Just ask to speak to a member of the befriending team. 

For information on other volunteering opportunities see our current volunteering opportunities.

What people say

"Having heard from Susan about her experiences as a Befriender Volunteer, I am inspired!" - Aileen, Melrose

"Befriending has been the foundation of my success"- Aileen, Bonnyrigg

"She is amazing. Finally, someone that really gets me!" - Paula, Edinburgh