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.

Latest News
A message from Shirley

Hello 🙂

Just wanted to update everyone about our new services starting in March 2018.  We have listened to our members and looked at the findings of the research completed in Suffolk during the last couple of years.  We learnt that people wanted more choice about how they spent their time and that they also wanted to spend more of their evenings and weekends on leisure activities.  So, since October last year when we first talked about making some changes for 2018, the team have been working on a plan to update our membership options.

We now have everything in place to begin!

From March 2018 we will be trialling new second Hub services in Sudbury and Haverhill and offering a brand new ‘Out and About ‘evening/weekend in all our current areas.  For the whole month of March, members will be offered free taster sessions to the new services in Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Ipswich, Haverhill and Lowestoft.

If you already attend our services, our Co-ordinators will be giving you a leaflet outlining the membership options. If you don’t already attend, we will be happy to send one to you.

The four membership options all include a welcome goody bag. 😊

We are holding a launch on Thursday 1st March in Sudbury to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new stage and would love to see you there.  If you would like to attend the launch, please contact the office to check whether we have places available.

01787 371333 or [email protected]

Relaunch Invitation


We are also offering free taster sessions by arrangement at our NEW Friends Farm Hub at Otley College Campus.


We are very excited about our new services – hope you are too!

If you would like more information about any of the above – please contact us.

01787 371333 or [email protected]

Copyright © 2018 The Befriending Scheme.
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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