Glens Befriending Service





After a successful two-year pilot we are proud that the Befriending service will continue to be offered in the Glen Urquhart and Strathglass areas. There was a unanimous YES to continue the service from the befriendees and volunteer befrienders who have taken part in the pilot. We would like to thank the pilot group partners who contributed to the success of the project. If you are in the Beauly Cares area your befriending service is currently offered through the Highland Hospice Helping Hands Befriender Service.

As there is a change in the partnership, the new service has been renamed Glens Befriending.We are delighted to continue to work in partnership with Highland Hospice Helping Hands Befriending service for support and training.

From the 1st of December 2021, Soirbheas will provide the management and coordination of the service. We are looking forward to working with Glen Urquhart Care Project; Glen Urquhart Childcare Centre, care professionals and the wider community to ensure that everyone has access to the service.

About the Service

The service is open to adults over the age of 18 – single people, parents or older adults who live in Glen Urquhart or Strathglass area:

  • who feels lonely or isolated – this could be for a variety of reasons such as you are less mobile; have a new baby; are a carer;  new to the area or suffered a recent loss etc
  • the coordinator will meet with befriendees and volunteer befrienders, gather information including common interests and match people appropriately
  • activities may include attending a craft or activity group together, going for a walk, reading together
  • befriending volunteers are not allowed to become involved in personal care, medical care, domestic tasks, such as cooking and cleaning, or financial and legal matters, they are not counselors.
  • we value your privacy and confidentiality and will securely manage your personal details
  • all befriending volunteers are PVG checked
  • the service is free

What to do now
Please contact the Befriender Coordinator if:

  • you or a member of your family would like to be supported through contact with a volunteer befriender
  • you have any questions about the service or need help to complete the Referral Form. You can self-refer, or ask a member of your family or a care professional to refer you
  • you would like to become a volunteer befriender or have any questions about what this involves. If you live outside of our area you can also become a volunteer for the service. Volunteer Role Description
  • you are a care professional and would like more information about the service

Befriender Coordinator: Sarah Selby email:  [email protected]  tel: 07748 575330