It’s time to look at Mental Ill Health in a positive way with Recovery in mind.

It’s time for COMPANIONS Befriending.


COMPANIONS Befriending is a project of Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA), based in the Peterhead and Banff which provides a service in the Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banff, Turriff and Central Buchan areas in North East Scotland. We train reliable, sympathetic and willing volunteers to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness.


Befriending is a great way to support people with Mental Illness on the road to recovery.

Confidential service, FREE of charge

For people 18 - 65 years of age

We offer support and encouragement

It may lead to a happier more rewarding life


“...people can live well in the presence or absence of their mental illness…”

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Make a difference to your own life and help someone else…volunteer with COMPANIONS!



Get in touch, we would be happy to hear from you!


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COMPANIONS is managed by Mental Health Aberdeen

Registered Office: 1 Alford Place Aberdeen AB10 1YD

Scottish Charity No. SCO 12306

A Company Limited by Guarantee No. SC 100864



Mental Health Aberdeen is a local charity that provides a range of support services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for anyone affected by mental health issues.  The organisation also educates the public about mental health issues and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.

For some people talking about mental health problems is very difficult. Although 25% of the population of Scotland will experience these difficulties in one form or another during their lifetime, there is still a stigma associated with mental ill health. Social isolation can sometimes be a result as ‘friends’ shy away, and family struggle to understand.

COMPANIONS can help people who feel lonely and isolated by giving support, company, and understanding in difficult times.  Click here to learn more

COMPANIONS relies on the time and commitment of volunteers. If you have two hours or more each week you can help.   Click here for more info

Over the last few years caring for people with mental ill health in the community has become increasingly difficult. With constant demand placed on mental health services, and the breakdown of traditional family structures, what can be done to help people who really need support?

COMPANIONS is administered by Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) that matches caring, reliable and well trained volunteers with people in the local community.

It seeks to provide regular social contact, promoting a trusting relationship between the people we support and a volunteer. It works to promote the principles of social inclusion and recovery.

Volunteering in Peterhead Fraserburgh or Banff Turriff areas can be fun with COMPANIONS Befriending Scheme

Help to overcome feelings of loneliness

We assist you on the road to Recovery

For people with Mental Ill Health

Well trained volunteers, there for you.

Recovery has been defined as follows:

“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s recovery, like his or her experience of the mental ill health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.” (Scottish Recovery Network)

Recovery is happening when people can live well in the presence or absence of their mental illness and the many losses that may come in its wake, such as isolation, poverty, unemployment, and discrimination. Recovery does not always mean that people will return to full health or retrieve all their losses, but it does mean that people can live well in spite of them. (Curtis, 1997)

Volunteering with COMPANIONS Befriending Scheme benefits everyone Share your skills and volunteer with COMPANIONS in Banff Turriff Fraserburgh Peterhead Learning and training with volunteers in Fraserburgh COMPANIONS Befriending Scheme

Recovery might mean a better social life, learning new skills, or just feeling happier, and COMPANIONS can help!

Without a doubt, our volunteers are our most important asset, without their work and commitment COMPANIONS Befriending would not exist.

All it takes is a couple of hours each week.  Why might you want to volunteer with COMPANIONS?

Retirement can be difficult sometimes.  What do you do with all that free time? Why let all the years of experience go to waste?   COMPANIONS can help you make good use of your skills and time, in a way that really helps others.

When you’re studying for a qualification, experience matters.  It can take years to achieve the best qualifications, but in that time what can you add to your C.V.?  Why not find out what working with people is really like, with free training, expenses paid, and for only two hours or more each week?   COMPANIONS can help you gain valuable skills and references, and help you show your strengths and abilities.

When you’re not in employment it can be hard to find a job you like.  Employers are looking for people who want to work, and have a keen and willing attitude.  Why not build up your people skills and find new strengths and abilities, that might help you find a new job?  COMPANIONS can help you gain valuable free training,useful experience, references after six months as a befriender, and you can take steps towards the career you want.

When life changes we sometimes need to make a fresh start.  Divorce, bereavement, or career changes can impact our lives quite suddenly. You might be looking for a chance to do something different, and make new friends.  COMPANIONS can help you gain a new circle of friends in fellow volunteers, and find a way to improve your self confidence by helping others.


Peterhead / Fraserburgh and surrounding areas

Flora Todd
COMPANIONS Befriending

King Street Centre
51 King Street
AB42 1TA

01779 470122
Mobile: 07800 886976

Banff / Turriff and surrounding areas

Christine Bain

COMPANIONS Befriending

Anderson House

46 Ardanes Brae


AB45 1FG

01261 818330

Mobile: 07875 607523

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COMPANIONS Befriending scheme offers help and support to people who have mental health problems Befriending in Aberdeenshire with COMPANIONS Peterhead Fraserburgh and Banff Turriff




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Out of pocket expenses reimbursed

Stepping Stone to paid Employment

Learn New Skills

New friends in fellow COMPANIONS

Give something back to local Community

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Work Experience for Students or Job Seekers

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