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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

Free Counselling Now Available For Family Carers

18th September 2014

The Kernos Centre in Sudbury are now offering free counselling to carers.

If you are a family carer and are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or are having difficulty adapting to changing roles, or if you would just like to talk to someone to clarify and deal with any worries or concerns you have about your caring role, then speaking to a Kernos counsellor may be hugely beneficial to you.

Also, respite care is available for the person you look after while you are having counselling, if you feel this would be useful and can be provided by us at The Befriending Scheme.

For more information about the counselling services that are available at The Kernos Centre, please call 01787 882883, email them at [email protected] or visit their website:


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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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