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The Befriending Scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for vulnerable people (16yrs+), including those with learning disabilities, mental health needs, older people, and other isolated groups.
We also provide lots of volunteering opportunities with extra support for those who need it.


The Befriending Scheme began life in 1989 as West Suffolk Befriending Scheme. Our core activities are regular drop-in centres, known as Hubs, building meaningful one-to-one friendships between vulnerable people and volunteer befrienders, evening Out and About Groups.

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

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Find out more about our mission and values, and the results of our 29 years of advocacy.


Volunteer at one of our Hubs, or become a linked friend to one of our members.


You can change lives.

With a £10 donation to The Befriending Scheme you can help us to improve the lives of the vulnerable people living in our shared community.

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