New Laigh Kirk hall, 35 John Finnie St, Kilmarnock KA1 1BL

Community Friends

Monday - Breakfast 10am - 12noon

Wednesday - Lunch 1pm - 3pm

New Laigh Kirk Hall, 35 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock


Community Friends is a befriending service for people at risk of becoming homeless, or who have been homeless and are trying to rebuild their lives.

Mondays: 10am till 12noon
  • Hot breakfast service.
Wednesdays: 1 till 3pm
  • One stop drop-in, providing hot meal, sandwiches, snacks, tea and coffee.
  • Services on site include: Housing; homelessness nurses; DWP;
  • Advocacy; Oral Health; eye tests; barber/hairdresser
  • Food parcel to take away.

How it works:

The service aims to match people with volunteer befrienders who will be there to listen to their worries, encourage them to become part of their community by taking part in new activities and help build positive relationships where there may have been few or none. The befrienders will never criticise or judge. They won’t have all the answers but will promise to be there when needed.

The Wednesday Drop-in service offers food, friendship, advice and social activities. It is manned by volunteers, with professional advice being offered by statutory agencies such as Housing Options, Community Health and Addiction Services. The aim is that those who attend will gain confidence, be assisted in setting goals for the future and will engage with relevant support services in a neutral environment.


Our group members told us what they liked most about Community Friends:

• ‘I appreciate having friendly people who could point me in the right direction for help i.e. with housing issues etc’.

• ‘Get company, get everything in here that you can’t get anywhere else’.

• ‘Everyone has an issue of some sort – compare experiences and learn from each other’.

• ‘Great here coz we get help or we get directed to where we want to go’.

• ‘Appreciate that the volunteers are giving up their time to come’.

• ‘Talk to people about civilised stuff ‘.

 • ‘This place gives you a wee boost’.

• ‘Once you go away you feel a lot better’.

• ‘It gives you a wee incentive’.

• ‘Meeting new people’.

• ‘Like getting my hair cut’.

• ‘The food and the eatables and getting fed’.

• ‘Getting a cup of coffee’.

• ‘Catching up with people you don’t get to see otherwise’.

• ‘ Like the food, the company and the hairdresser’.

Want to find out more?


How you can help

All volunteers are given basic training on befriending, and ongoing support and further training opportunities are provided.

If you would like more information on becoming a befriender, or to volunteer at the drop-in, contact Emma or Janice at:

Emma Wylie

(EACHa Project Co-ordinator)

Janice Grant

(EACHa secretary)

Our volunteers

Wish to donate?

If you or your church would like to help, donations of food, toiletries, toys or cash to buy them are always welcome. For further information: Maureen Colvin Tel 01563 537906 or email [email protected]


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