Befriend a Child are the only specialist befriending charity supporting children in the North East and we have been supporting children across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire through our 1:1 befriending programme for over 45 years.


Our befriending programme is designed for children between the ages of 4 ½ - 16 who are facing difficult life circumstances such as a lack of confidence and self-esteem, social isolation, abuse and neglect, parental absence, substance misuse in the home and more.


By spending a couple of hours a fortnight for a minimum of one year with a trained volunteer befriender a child referred to our befriending programme can build trust with a positive adult role model and gain the resilience they need to overcome challenges they face in life as well as reach their potential.


Children and their befrienders enjoy a range of outings and activities together including trips to the amusement arcade, the cinema, and trampolining but sometimes a simple walk in the park can have the greatest impact.


Over time these outings and quality time together can have a transformational effect on the child, their outlook on life and attitude about the future.


Our befrienders are fully trained and supported by our team of Befriending Coordinators. We provide PVG checks and first aid training


If you think you could be the change a local child needs find out more about what’s involved by visiting our volunteer with us page.


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