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The Befriending Scheme

Learning Disabilities Framework Provider

Framework provider of day, evening and weekend activities for people with learning disabilities and autism

General Details

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.

A Hub is a place you can go to enjoy the company of other adults of all ages and abilities, and join in with all the exciting things which are happening at the groups each week. There is a changing programme of events all planned in advance. 

Our Hubs are located all over Suffolk, so there’s sure to be one nearby.

Please visit our website for more details.

Who to contact

Sophie Thompson
Assistant Administrator
01787 371333
01787 371333
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Additional contact

Tash Young
Office Administrator
01787 371333

Where to go

The Befriending Scheme - Head Office
The Croft
CO10 1HN
Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, North Lowestoft, Hadleigh, Oulton Broad, Babergh, Stowmarket, Clare, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Lowestoft, Mid Suffolk, East Suffolk, Lavenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, Suffolk, Newmarket, North Ipswich, Glemsford, Felixstowe
Venue Website
Parking details
Parking available in various free car parks around Sudbury Town, although please note- you must print a free ticket and display in your car at the free car parks
Restrictions to access
People aged 16 plus with learning disabilities and or mental health problems.

Days & Times

Office open weekdays Monday to Friday
Time of day
Session Information
Please see our website for our timetable of activities and groups.

Other details

Cost Details
This is a scheme for people with learning disabilities, costs of activities vary and there are different membership options and a bursary scheme available. Pre booking is required and all information is on our website. Their 1 to 1 Befriending Links are free.
Referral required?
Referral and availability notes

To access our hub group services you need to meet our referral criteria. Please see the details of your local hub group for details.

Age Groups
16-25 years, Adults, Young people

Accreditation website
Accreditation details
We are members of the mentoring and befriending organisation.We are delighted to announce that The Befriending Scheme has been awarded a Bronze Standard Certificate from the Community Learning & Skills Development provider Realise Futures.




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The Befriending Scheme provides friendship and learning opportunities for people (16yrs+) from vulnerable groups, including those with mental health needs and older people, as well as those with learning disabilities. Please see our website for more details.

01787 371333

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