What is Befriending?

Children and young people are referred to our One-to-One Befriending Service because they face challenges in life or might be lonely. Our referral form can be accessed below. Kids are matched with a volunteer befriender who shares the same interest as them and will listen to their problems.

In our 2019 survey 80% of befriending children told us they... "have made friends"

“Everyone needs orther people, but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender often fills a big gap” Befriending Networks Scotland (Website, 01.06.18)

What is like at Families First!

Most of our volunteer befrienders are from the University of St Andrews. All of our activities are also child-led and popular befriending activities include baking, arts and crafts, local places of interest, and physical activities such as tennis and football.

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