Volunteering Opportunities

Why Friends Are Important

Vulnerable people often lack the opportunities most of us have to make new friends. If their work and leisure lives are restricted then it follows that their chances to meet people are restricted. For example, not being able to express yourself easily, or simply how other people respond to you can limit chances for making new friends. Creating opportunities for friendship, fun, sharing, challenges and personal development is why we exist.

We are constantly looking for new Volunteers, both in our Hubs and as linked Befrienders

Is this you? Could you be a volunteer befriender? Would you share some of your time with someone who is a vulnerable adult?

If you have an hour or so a week, or a few hours a month to spare, perhaps you could join someone for a cup of coffee, go to the cinema, do some shopping, go for a walk or just have a chat. In short spend time enjoying activities that you might already do with your friends.

Why Volunteer?

Some recent quotes from existing volunteers are…

  • “ Volunteering has changed my life, I am so much more confident than I used to be…”
  • “ I have made so many new friends, I never knew that volunteering could be so much fun..”
  • “ Volunteering with The Befriending Scheme has led me to a new career in Social Care…”
  • “ I like being able to do the activities and seeing the enjoyment it brings to others… it gives me huge satisfaction…”
  • “ I would eventually like to work with adults with learning disabilities and I know that volunteering here will provide me with valuable work experience…”

We Are Seeking Volunteers For…

  • One to One links
    This is where a vulnerable person is carefully matched with a volunteer befriender. The linked pair pursue social and leisure interests together, depending upon what they both like to do. We have a number of people currently waiting across the county who would love to be linked with their own one to one befriender. Could you be that friend?
  • Hubs and Saturday Hubs
    We have six Hub groups, open one day a week where people can come for a chat and meet socially, take part in games, activities, arts & crafts, play games, access the internet, enjoy sporting activities and gain information, advice and support. Some of our hubs are also open on some Saturdays. Volunteers might help with preparing food, setting up and clearing away, running games and activities and making sure members are happy, safe and enjoying their time at the hub.
  • Befrienders Clubs
    These clubs provide a meeting place for people registered with TBS who would like a befriender, or would simply like to engage in more outside activities and themed evenings. Linked pairs can also attend these events.
  • Phoenix Cafe & Better Together Groups
    These are new groups being held in Sudbury & Hadleigh, aimed at families.
  • Sunday Lunch Club
    Held in Sudbury once a month, this allows our members to enjoy a Sunday Lunch with friends. We’re looking for cooks, catering volunteers & people to help run the activities.
  • Fundraising & Events
    Could you host a fundraising event for us or help us at our Summer Ball or other special event? Are you thinking of a fundraising idea that might help The Befriending Scheme? Fundraising & Events volunteers help us to raise vital funds, run special and memorable events for our members and communities and raise the profile of The Befriending Scheme.

We offer volunteers:

  • Full support and guidance to work in whichever service they choose
  • A range of training courses
  • Feeling valued
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • The chance to be part of a friendly team
  • The opportunity to make friends and improve someone’s quality of life

If you would like to apply to become a registered volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application Form below and send it to The Befriending Scheme,

1 The Croft (above Northcroft Social Club), Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1HN


Role Descriptions

Volunteer Befriender

Make a new friend as part of our One-To-One Befriending Service.

General Hub Volunteer

Get involved at one of our Hub groups, Befrienders Clubs or Saturday groups.

Training Volunteer

Help us deliver our training courses to members & volunteers and gain valuable experience of working with people of all abilities

IT and Social Media Volunteer

Help us maintain our website, keep people informed of what’s happening at TBS and tell our story via social media.

Arts and Crafts Volunteer

You might make scenery for a panto, crafts for a special occasion or just love helping others to make things.

Sports Activities Volunteer

From Basketball to Boccia, Pool to Penalty Shootouts, help our members get active, enjoy sport and have fun.

Music Activities Volunteer

You might play an instrument, love to sing or like to help others enjoy music at our hubs.

Amateur Dramatics Volunteer

A flair for the dramatic? You might help with Panto’s, drama sessions and working on videos to help tell our story.


If you would like to apply to become a registered volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application Form below and send it to:

The Befriending Scheme
1 The Croft (above Northcroft Social Club)
CO10 1HN

You could make a huge difference to someone’s life!

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

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