family support, social inclusion)





Hand of Solace offers  Support, friendship and help to deprived young people and their families in Aberdeen who due to their family circumstances, past experience of bully, discrimination, stigmatization, racism, assaults etc  are now experiencing a mental health crisis including- Low or limited aspirations, Low confidence/esteem, Weak sense of personal identity, attachment issues, Undeveloped ‘soft skills’, social isolation etc. 

Hand of Solace offers support by by training volunteers to visit young people and their  families and offer them informal, friendly and confidential support in their own home and within the community.




 The befriending service aims to enable young people feel included and confident by involving and supporting them to take charge fully and develop their skills and abilities to become successful and happy in life. Our young people are supported to develop, deliver and evaluate their own activities. Our volunteers use positive role modelling to empower and improve young people’s self-confidence, self-esteem and independence. We have developed our befriending sessions to be tailored to young people's individual  needs.



The Service:

Participating young persons are those experiencing poverty /mental health crises with a combination of the following:


·         Low or limited aspirations

·         Low confidence/esteem

.         Attachment issues

.         Isolated young people

·         Weak sense of personal agency

·         Limited understanding of career opportunities

·         Undeveloped ‘soft skills’




Should you wish to access the service, please click the button below to access the referral form .