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The Befriending Scheme

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

Name
Sophie Thompson
Position
Assistant Administrator
Telephone
01787 371333
Fax
01787 371333
Email
info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk
Website
http://www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk
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Additional contact

Name
Tash Young
Position
Office Administrator
Telephone
01787 371333
Email
info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk

Where to go

Name
The Befriending Scheme - Head Office
Address
1
The Croft
Sudbury
Suffolk
Postcode
CO10 1HN
Area served
Haverhill, Ipswich, North Lowestoft, Hadleigh, Oulton Broad, Babergh, Stowmarket, Clare, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Lowestoft, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, Sudbury, East Ipswich, Suffolk, Newmarket, North Ipswich, Glemsford, Felixstowe, Waveney
Venue Website
http://www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk/
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
Morning
Afternoon
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?
Yes
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
http://www.mandbf.org/
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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Last Updated
11/07/2019

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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.

Telephone
01787 371333
Email
info@thebefriendingscheme.org.uk

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