re:discover (Health in Mind)

re:discover befriending services help people to take the first steps towards meeting new people, rediscovering old hobbies and developing new interests and connections.

Service Description

re:discover befriending offers matches for up to 6 months. It is currently available to anyone feeling isolated due to experiencing mental health difficulties and living in Edinburgh, Midlothian or the Scottish Borders.

A volunteer will:

  • Build the person’s confidence and self-esteem
  • Provide more opportunities for social contact
  • Support them in building relationships with others
  • Encourage them to take part in local activities or groups
  • Help them to pick up old hobbies and interests and discover new ones

How To Get In Touch

Within re:discover Edinburgh, the befriending team review all referrals at the end of each month. Due to high demand for the service they are only able to meet with a limited number of people each month.

*Please note we are unable to take referrals from people living in North East Edinburgh.

We arrange to meet with those that we feel would benefit most from using our service. We’ll send a letter by the middle of the following month.

The next deadline for new referrals will be 30 August 2019.

How To Get In Touch

Referrers including self-referrers can call the Re:discover team on 0131 225 8508 for more information.

Service Categories


Intended Client Groups:

  • Men
  • People Experiencing Mental Health Difficulties
  • Women


This service is open to residents of these areas:

  • North West
  • S Central
  • South East
  • South West

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

Adults aged 18 and above, who are socially isolated or be at risk of social isolation as a result of experiencing mental health difficulties


Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

Community Mental Health Teams

Contact Info. & Provider's Address


40 Shandwick Place

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm,

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Metered parking nearby
  • Information in community languages
  • Translation Service
  • It is possible to meet someone elsewhere if they are unable to access the building
  • This service is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.


Public Transport Information

Lothian Regional Transport Buses - 4, 12, 25, 26, 31, 33, 44, 44A, 100, X12, X26, X31, X48

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm,

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