We believe every child should experience a happy childhood and are given the best chance in life to thrive.

Giving Tree 2023

Make it a Christmas and New Year to remember for a local child! Our award-winning Giving Tree Appeal ensures the children we support and their siblings have a magical Christmas with presents to open on Christmas morning and exciting new experiences to look forward to in the coming year.

Fundraise for us

Befriend a Child are a small team and we always appreciate an extra pair of hands to help out at our fundraising events and external challenges. Whether you can spare a few hours, or a few hours every week we’d love to hear from you.


Author: Yoann Van Nuwenborg

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We are always looking for kind, caring and reliable people to bring positivity, and new experiences to a young person’s life. All we need is a few hours of your time once a week for a minimum commitment of a year after training.



Our Impact

13 young people benefitted from a mentor
242 children benefitted from our befriending programme
47% of our children were referred for social isolation

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Case studies

  • Catriona, Phil & Adam's Befriending Story

    “Befriending has had a massive impact on us. It's increased our confidence when interacting with children, and we feel a huge sense of pride when our befriendee gains a new skill or makes progress at school.  As a couple it has been great for us having a shared interest and having our outings to look forward to together.” Read more

  • Jacqueline & Kate's Mentoring Story

    ‘I already work with children teaching safety and I love doing that. I had never thought about mentoring until hearing more about intandem and Befriend a Child at an RGU volunteering event. Speaking to the team about who Befriend a Child are and what they do really made me want to get involved.’ Read more

  • Robert & Ben's Mentoring Story

    Robert decided to become a volunteer mentor as he feels it was something he would have greatly benefitted from having as a young person, ‘I think the idea of mentoring is great, and something I would have liked growing up so I could see how it could benefit a young child,’ Read more

Latest events

  • The Return of The Inferno Firewalk Challenge

    Back for 2024 - THE RETURN OF THE INFERNO FIREWALK! Are you brave enough to sign up for the hottest challenge in Aberdeen? Hot-foot it over to the event page to book now... Read more

  • Boozy Bridgerton Brunch

    Join us for the social event of the season, Befriend a Child’s Boozy Bridgerton Brunch. Read more

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