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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Volunteer Befrienders

Everyone can feel lonely and isolated at times, especially if experiencing hardship.

In response to the effects of loneliness and isolation on peoples wellbeing (physical, emotional, social and mental health), that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated, TLC have responded to this need and further developed our befriending service to combat the loneliness and isolation felt by many in our city. Our service is provided to anyone aged 18 years and over in Aberdeen who is experiencing or at risk of loneliness or isolation. Your help as a volunteer would therefore make a real difference.

Our expertly trained and compassionate volunteers not only provide a lifeline to people, in the form of friendship, but also a helping hand to reconnect to the community, bringing joy and passion back into people’s lives.

If you would like to be a beacon of hope to someone in need, please do apply to join our fantastic team of volunteers. For further information please email us at

Experience required

  • Good listening and communication skills with a range of people.

  • Patience and tact.

  • A caring, sympathetic, sensitive manner and a non-judgemental approach.

  • Reliable and dependable.

  • Ability to share experiences.

  • Willing to learn.

  • Have a positive outlook.

  • Commitment to understanding the needs of the people we serve.

  • Willingness to work without direct supervision.

  • Understanding of confidentiality (working within TLC policies and procedures).

Travel details

Aberdeen city based.

Training details

Excellent support and training is provided to all volunteers. Includes:
*Initial Induction Core Training:

  • Intro to TLC

  • Befriending Project Values

  • Befriender Contact

  • Policies & Procedures

*Ongoing Training:

  • Mental Health Awareness Training

  • Dementia Awareness training

Any further training needs will be identified throughout the lifespan of the project.


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
Flexible times available to suit volunteers. All help is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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