Befriending and Buddy Walking: one-to-one (Changes East Lothian)

Who is this for?

  • People aged 16 years old and over who are feeling isolated or lonely

Who provides this?

  • Changes East Lothian


Feel more connected through our Befriending programme.

‘Well Connected’ reduces loneliness and isolation by creating social connections through one-to-one befriending and supportive, group get-togethers for people struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

You will be matched with a befriender volunteer based on your likes, hobbies and location.

One-to-one befriending pairs meet regularly for an agreed period. Befriending pairs may decide to attend group activities together, helping you feel more connected within your community.

Buddy Walking

Build your confidence through a series of supported walks with a volunteer.

These walks are designed at a pace and place to suit you. Ideal for people who are keen to get out in nature, but may not feel comfortable walking in a group.

About Changes

Changes believes in positive mental health and wellbeing for everyone. As a charity, Changes is here to help the community of East Lothian to achieve and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing by providing a wide range of services and activities.

Changes provides support for a wide range of challenges, including stress, panic, low mood, low self-esteem, anxiety, worry, depression and negative thinking.

Activities are friendly, welcoming and inclusive, and offer opportunities to meet new people, get active and get involved in the local community.

Our Support Groups and Courses are currently running both on Zoom and face-to-face:

We offer a variety of Wellbeing Activities designed to cater to diverse interests and promote wellbeing. Here are some of the options available:

In addition to these activities, we have Nurture by Nature project — a series of nature-based groups and activities. This initiative harnesses the healing power of the natural world, offering participants a chance to reconnect with nature and find solace, inspiration and personal growth.

How do I access this?

  • Self-referrals

Is there a cost?

Free but donations are welcomed.

Is there a waiting list?


Location information

  • Public parking available
  • Private parking available
  • Wheelchair access

Opening times

Our opening times may vary depending on the sactivity. Click the group above for more information.

Contact Details

108 Market Street, Musselburgh, EH21 6QA

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Types of support on offer:

Information and advice
Support from someone with similar experience
Support with others

Type of services on offer:

Loneliness/isolated groups
Social groups

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