One to One Befriending

Welcome To The Befriending Scheme

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 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.

Important News / Events

Volunteer Awards

As part of The Sudbury Market Town Partnership’s ‘St George’s Day Celebration Weekend’ some of our fantastic volunteers were invited to attend Volunteer Awards Ceremony at the Quay Theatre where members of the local community who volunteer within organisations were acknowledged for all their hard work and commitment.
We nominated 12 of our Volunteers and 8 were shortlisted, with 7 runners up and 1 winner! We are so proud of our volunteers and absolutely delighted that all of their effort has been recognised.

Our Young Volunteers Lana, Oscar and Callum

We also enjoyed taking part at the Country Fair on Sunday at Sudbury Cricket ground where our Peg Game was a big hit to those young and old

The People’s Projects Results – WE DID IT!

We are proud to announce that we have been successful in the public vote for  ITV & The Big Lottery backed The People’s Project!

Our Young People’s Songwriting Project was one of five shortlisted for the vote in our region and the public response has been overwhelming. We have been awarded over £49,800 to continue the project in Suffolk and help more young people explore and unlock their creativity through writing and recording their own songs.

We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and everyone who took part in the campaign. So many people sent tweets, shared on Facebook and told people about TBS, our work and this brilliant project. We’re  also very grateful to our team who worked very hard, along with all our volunteers and members who took part in the ITV filming day in February and who helped us today when we were given the news by ITV.

This has proved that we are all one big family and when we work together, amazing things happen 🙂



Watch The News Report Here!


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Registered in England
Company Name: Suffolk Befriending Scheme
Company No: 3599476 Charity No: 1074800
Address: 1 The Croft, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1HN

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