Helping people stay connected

Befriending and Buddying

Sue Ryder’s vision is to create a world where everyone has access to personalised and compassionate care. Providing one to one, tailored services is key to making sure that our service-users can choose how they live, right through to the end. 

Befriending and buddying can involve volunteers supporting service-users by:
  • providing companionship and conversation
  • enabling individuals to maintain hobbies and interests
  • running occasional errands for a patient
  • helping access local community activities and resources
  • sign-posting to other services where appropriate.

Befriending and buddying involves getting to know an individual service-user, providing a regular, reliable source of support through face to face visits, telephone calls, or a combination of both. This means that we ask for a longer term minimum commitment than for many of our other roles.


To become a befriender or buddy we’ll need you to be:
  • a good communicator
  • patient and understanding (eg to allow sufficient time for residents with speech difficulties to express themselves)
  • friendly and approachable, with a sensitive and caring manner
  • reliable and emotionally resilient
  • able to use your own initiative.

We have services in the community, in Aberdeen, Doncaster and Newbury, and at our centres.

Being a befriender is a rewarding role; while supporting vulnerable people you can develop valuable skills to improve job prospects, increase in confidence and widen your social circle.

Want to find out more?

Browse our current opportunities  or get in touch