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Our 25th Anniversary Celebration


The Befriending Scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for adults (16yrs+) from vulnerable groups, including those with mental health needs and older people, as well as our existing members with learning disabilities. We also offer various volunteering opportunities with extra support for those who need it.

Founded as a registered charity in 1989 as West Suffolk Befriending Scheme, our core activities are running regular drop-in centres, now known as Hubs, building meaningful 1-to-1 friendships between vulnerable people and volunteer befrienders, evening Befrienders Clubs and Saturday morning groups.

We also run one-off themed activity days, workshops and social events as well as providing volunteer training and support for carers across the county.

Important News / Events

TBS are looking for more volunteer trustees….

2nd October 2015

The Befriending Scheme, a charity established in 1989 to provide friendship opportunities to vulnerable adults, is currently recruiting volunteers to join its board of trustees, enhancing the effective management of the charity and helping to ensure a more diverse and representative trustee board.

TBS is looking for enthusiastic individuals with sufficient skills, knowledge and/or professional experience to complement its existing Board.

Trustees play an essential role in the governance of charities and as a potential new trustee, it is crucial that you;

  • have a willingness to contribute to the successful development of a forward-thinking charity;
  • are interested in making a difference to peoples’ lives;
  • are committed to TBS’ charitable aims and objectives.


If you are interested in this exciting and worthwhile role we would be delighted to hear from you. In the first instance please e-mail [email protected]   outlining why you would like to apply for this important position and what you feel you could offer in terms of knowledge, skills and/or experience.

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Registered in England
Company Name: Suffolk Befriending Scheme
Company No: 3599476 Charity No: 1074800
Address: 1 The Croft, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1HN

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