Passing the Baton is our befriending service that helps to support men and women who have experienced homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.

We all need to be able to call on a friend, and for someone who has experienced homelessness, this can be particularly important as they settle into a new local community. Our Passing the Baton Befrienders come alongside people who may be isolated or lonely and journey with them as they begin to put down roots and get to know their neighbourhood.

“Other organisations contacted me but I didn’t know them well enough so it was difficult to talk…it was good to talk to Cath!”

Passing the Baton Befriendee

Over lockdown these connections have been especially vital and ensured that people in vulnerable situations have continued to have social links and support. Communication can be conducted over the phone or online, as well as in person once restrictions ease.

“I am sorry that the groups have closed because of the Coronavirus but so happy for the telephone support from Bethany.”

Passing the Baton Befriendee

Volunteering as a Befriender brings many opportunities for personal growth and new friendships as well as the chance to help support someone rebuilding their life after a difficult experience.

“It’s what we receive in turn, it’s mutual. The conversations also help us to grow/try different things.”

Passing the Baton Befriender

Passing the Baton are looking for new volunteer Befrienders to join their team in Edinburgh. Befrienders should be connected to a local church and be able to help introduce an individual to local activities, organisations and key people, supporting them as they connect back into their community.

If you are interested in becoming a befriender, we have new training sessions available in March.

Find out more about getting involved fill out a volunteer application form here, and sign up for our online training sessions via our Eventbrite page.