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 follow link: www.sutherlandcareforum.org.uk  

Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations: Skye and Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends

Skye and Lochalsh Neighbours and Friends is a pilot befriending service run by Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) 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 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 Sammy-Jo McArthur on 01478 612921 or visit their website www.slcvo.org.uk or Facebook page www.facebook.com/SLCVO

Ullapool Befrienders

Ullapool Befrienders is a proposed new service which Highland Hospice has offered to support. At present they are looking to establish a small project group to take forward plans for this new service. If you would like further information please contact: Sandraullapool@gmail.com

Befriending Caithness

Befriending Caithness is a well-established organisation which provides 1:1 and group befriending and organises befriending for people in local hospitals with the local High School.  The Hospice has provided training for their volunteers and offered continued support as they require it. 

For more details of the service and volunteering information please follow this link to their website.

North Coast Helping Hands Befriending Service


North Coast Helping Hands is a pilot befriending service 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