Helping Hands is working in partnership with local communities to enhance and expand existing befriending services or establish new befriending services in throughout the Highlands.

Befriending Services Across the Highlands

Sutherland Care Forum: Friends at Home Befriending Service

Sutherland Care Forum (SCF) is the Hospice’s partner in central and east Sutherland, where it has offered the Friends at Home befriending service for a number of years. Their service manager and some of their volunteers have received Helping Hands training on supporting people with palliative care needs. The six month pilot of the partnership was successfully completed on 31 October 2017, and the two organisations have agreed ongoing partnership to sustain and develop the service in the future. A small grant from the Hospice is supporting this arrangement.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Isobel Murray on 07907595962

Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations: Befrienders Skye and Lochalsh

Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) deliver our partner service in Skye and Lochalsh. The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support as it develops. The service co-ordinator has attended the Helping Hands training and shadowed Hospice staff. The Hospice has worked with SLCVO to train and support the volunteers for this new service as well as providing a small grant.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Claire Nairn on 01478 612921 or visit their website www.slcvo.org.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/SLCVO

GALE's Helping Hands

GALE's Helping Hands service will be based in Gairloch and delivered in partnership with Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum. The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support as it develops. The service co-ordinator has attended the Helping Hands training and shadowed Hospice staff. The Hospice has worked with GALE to train and support the volunteers for this new service as well as providing a small grant. Recently the service has expanded to support people in Ulapool and surrounding area.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Rebecca Wolfenden, Volunteer Programme Assistant, on 01445 712071 or visit their website or Facebook page.

North Coast Helping Hands Befriending Service

North Coast Helping Hands service is delivered by North Coast Connection in partnership with Highland Hospice. The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support as it develops. The service co-ordinator has attended the Helping Hands training and shadowed Hospice staff. The Hospice has worked with North Coast Connection to train and support the volunteers for this new service as well as providing a small grant.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Marion MacDougal on 01847 611392

Beauly and Glens Helping Hands Befriending Service

Beauly and Glens Helping Hands service is delivered in Beauly, Kiltarlity, Kirkhill, Kilmorack, Strathglass and Glenurquhart in partnership with Glenurquhart Care project.

The 2year pilot project was funded in partnership Soirbheas and Beauly & District Care Project.

The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support for clients and volunteers whilst evaluation is completed and decision taken regarding future service delivery.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Susan Smith at s.smith@highlandhospice.org.uk or 07874724878

Cairdeas, Dove Centre Befriending service in Oban

Cairdeas befriending service is delivered in Oban in partnership with Oban Hospice Limited.

The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support as it develops. The service co-ordinator has attended the Helping Hands training and has the ongoing support of Hospice staff. The Hospice has provided training and support to the volunteers for this new service.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Lucy Hunt, Oban Hospice Community Services Co-ordinator on 01631 561315

Boleskine Helping Hands service

Boleskine Helping Hands befriending service is delivered in the area of Stratherrick and Foyers Community in partnership Boleskine Community Care.

The Hospice has supported establishment of the service and is providing ongoing support as it developes. The service co-ordinator has attended the Helping Hands training and has the ongoing support of Hospice staff. The Hospice has provided training and support to the volunteers for this new service. The service will be available for support from 1st November 2020.

For more details service and volunteering information please contact Jayne Brinkworth on 01456 486247 or 07375303187. Usual working hours Mon-Weds 9am – 5pm

Black Isle Cares befriending

New six month partnership project to commence late June in partnership Highland Hospice. Funding for the pilot has been sought from Highland & Island Enterprise funding and Funding partners Social Isolation fund

Currently Highland Hospice Helping Hands befriending service support people in the Black Isle area however in June Black Isle Care will pilot a befriending service with support Highland Hospice with the intention of continuing to deliver this support locally.

Please contact Megan MacKenzie, project coordinator for further information on 07548343375


Other areas in Highland we are looking to work with partners to establish befriending services

As of June 2021

URRAM: currently submitting applications for funding to support partnership befriending service in Strontian. Aim is to commence service in Autumn 2021.

3 Glens: agreement that Highland Hospice will support a partner befriending service however no decision taken date this service will be progressed. Service will support people in Fort William, Glengarry and Glenmorriston.

Ullapool: Initial discussions regarding proposed service completed and decision taken that befriending support will be offered through GALE's Helping Hands service.

Befriending Caithness: Training delivered and contact maintained regarding potential future partnership service

Lochaber: Initial discussions regarding proposed service completed and await contact with project lead

Badenoch and Strathspey: Discussions with Here to Help service and NHS staff regarding potential support for befriending in the area.