New online Befriending Service throughout Scotland

We know how lonely it can feel at any age being at home during the Coronavirus pandemic. That is why at Deaf Action we have created a new online Befriending Service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people living in Scotland.


Need to chat?

If you or someone you know could do with a friendly face to chat to, our service can match you with a befriender with similar interests, suitable communication needs and provide friendly conversation and companionship during this difficult time.

Not only can the befriender stay in contact through video calls, text messages, and letters they can also help you with other support including food and medicine deliveries if you are in a vulnerable category.

If you don’t have a suitable device to communicate online with our befrienders, we can also provide you with the free loan of a computer tablet as well as training.

Service now also available to young people aged 10 – 18 years old as well as adults.

To register for the service, simply email  or SMS: 07816 938 167


Becoming a befriender

Volunteering to become a befriender, can be an extremely rewarding way to spend your time. In our efforts to stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, we are seeking to recruit new online befrienders that can spare some time to chat with Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults.

What makes a great volunteer?

If you have what you think it takes to become a befriender volunteer, contact Please note we will be looking for volunteers with and without British Sign Language (BSL).


Deaf BSL users, deafened, deafblind, and hard of hearing all welcome to use the service.


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