Margaret Murphy (r) with befriender Eliz
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Befriending service

LEAP's befriending service offer one-to-one befriending and

friendship groups through its Hands On Project.

We are the leading befriending service
for older people in Lanarkshire and have
won the Quality in Befriending award. We
were also awarded the Queen's Award
for Voluntary Service, an organisational
equivalent of being awarded an MBE.

Our one-to-one befriending service matches
volunteer befrienders with clients aged 50 and
over in their homes to offer companionship and
chat, helping to combat isolation and loneliness.

We currently have more than 100 befriender volunteers who, in the

past year alone, gave almost 3,500 hours of their time to provide

companionship to people. While most befriending is face-to-face, we
also have matches who "meet" on the phone, through email or
through apps such as Zoom.

This service currently operates in Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Blantyre,

Bothwell, Uddingston, Hamilton, East Kilbride and across the

Avondale area. People using our befriending services also often use

our handyperson services.

To find out more about the service, or to become a befriender, call

0141 641 5169 or email