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Befriender for Carers

Befriending aims to remove or lessen isolation that carers may experience as a result of their caring role. We welcome volunteer befrienders who ideally have an understanding of dementia and carer’s needs, and are willing to spend time listening to, encouraging and supporting a carer. Befrienders support carers to become more engaged with the community, or simply have a break from caring for a little while. Some carers like to get out and about and attend activities of interest.

About Eric Liddell Centre

The Eric Liddell Centre, situated at Holy Corner in Edinburgh, provides a registered day care service for people with a diagnosis of dementia and a programme for carers including a befriending service and short breaks through a range of courses and events held throughout the city. The Centre also offers excellent office accommodation for small charities or organisations and quality meeting facilities for a range of educational, health, arts & culture, charitable, community and children's groups in its conveniently located premises at the heart of the community.

Experience Required

Empathy; listening skills; non-judgmental; appreciation of carers? needs; commitment; willingness to be flexible

Training Details

Induction given Before the befriender meets their matched carer for the first time. Training and support also provided.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time

Minimum commitment of a year; up to two hours per week

Location/Travel Details

Eric Liddell Centre, 15 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DP


Travel costs and refreshments; paid as claims are submitted

Accessibility Details

  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet