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

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At Befriend a Child we are always so grateful for any support we receive. Whether that is in the form of a donation, regular giving, taking on a fundraising challenge, attending one of our events, or by nominating us for your workplace charity of the year partnership, your support can go a long way in shaping the life of a local child or young person.

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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.

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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.

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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

  • Kate & Regan’s Befriending Story

    “She has become a good friend and planning and partaking in our outings has given me a purpose at times when I have felt very low due to different things going on in my life. I’ve had loads of great experiences and new opportunities too. It’s something I love and am very proud of and always enjoy talking about!” Read more

  • 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

Latest events

  • Ride the North 2022

    Are you and your friends, family or colleagues looking for a fun challenge to take part in this year? We’re calling on all keen cyclists and fitness enthusiasts to Ride the North and help to turn frowns upside down for children across Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire! Read more

  • Run, Walk, Ride 2022

    Are you ready to run, walk or ride in 2022? Why not challenging yourself and raise money for Befriend a Child in the process! We are looking for people to get out and get moving by taking on Run Garioch (May 15th) The Aberdeen Kiltwalk (29th May) Ride The North (August 27th). Each and every penny raised will be going directly to turning frowns upside down and supporting children and young people in Aberdeen. Read more

Latest news

  • Befriend a Child launch new volunteer appeal

    With demand for their services growing, local children’s charity, Befriend a Child, have launched a new appeal to find new befrienders and mentors. In the wake of COVID-19, more children and young people are greatly in need of a befrienders or mentors, the charity is committed to ensuring it can support those most in need in the local community.  They are now looking for kind, caring and reliable people to bring fun, positivity, and new experiences to the lives of children and young people Read more