South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) is a small locally run charity based in Ayr, which was established in 1996 when the need for a befriending service for young people with social or emotional difficulties within South Ayrshire was identified. SABP also extends to young people with an additional support need or a diagnosed medical condition through our new Buddies Project.
SABP supports around 70 young people each year through the provision of 1:1 befriending and group activities.
We receive funding from a variety of grant making bodies and trusts as well as private donations and a contribution from the Local Authority.
The Project’s full team consists of two part time Co-ordinators and one part time Project Assistant who oversee the daily running of SABP. It is managed by a Board of Directors, made up of volunteers with different professional backgrounds and their own specific remit within the Project.
Our vision at South Ayrshire befriending project is that all young people in South Ayrshire should be equal, happy, able to access support, to be treated with respect and their opinions and ideas listened to and considered.
Our Mission Statement
The South Ayrshire Befriending Project will provide young people with opportunities to come together, make friends and be included. In the Project young people will be treated equally, increase in confidence and be happy
What we do
The South Ayrshire Befriending Project recruits, trains and supports adult volunteers to provide supportive 1:1 befriending relationships for socially isolated and excluded young people delivering a relevant, professional and needs led service.