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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 matches for up to 6 months. It is currently available to anyone feeling isolated due to experiencing mental ill health and living in Edinburgh, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders. Where appropriate, the matches can be extended up to 12 months in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders only. 

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:
Referrals for the Scottish Borders are assessed on an ongoing basis and should be made directly to the service. 

Referrers to the Western Borders including self-referrers can contact Farah, who's based in Galashiels, by email or phone 01896 807000 or 077607 53018.

Referrers in the Eastern Borders can contact Monika by calling  07776594315.

re:discover Edinburgh:

Please note we are unable to take referrals from people living in North East Edinburgh.

We arrange to meet with those that we feel would benefit most from using our service.  We’ll send a letter by the middle of the following month.

The next deadline for new referrals will be 30 August 2019. 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 Joanna 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.

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 volunteer role description and application form can be found at the bottom of the page. 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. 

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