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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

Volunteering Opportunity For An Exciting New Project!

18th November 2015

 Do you like making & preparing food? Want to volunteer in a fun new way or gain experience?

We are recruiting Catering Volunteers for our new Community Cafe project starting in the New Year.

We are looking for someone who is friendly, who enjoys meeting people & is able to prepare and serve refreshments & simple meals.


Volunteering Opportunity

Catering assistant

Day:   Wednesday (term time only)

Time: 12:30pm-3:30pm

Place: Phoenix Family Centre, Sudbury


  • Set up the kitchen
  • Prepare healthy snacks
  • Serve teas, coffees and cold drinks
  • Be involved in menu planning
  • Prepare and serve community lunches once a month
  • Wash up and clear away
  • Leave the kitchen clean and tidy
  • Monitor supplies

For more information about this opportunity please contact:

Claire Suddaby

or download and fill in the application below

Hub Volunteer Application Form Sept 15

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

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