Skip to main content
In order to provide complete functionality, this web site needs your explicit consent to store browser cookies. If you don't allow cookies, you may not be able to use certain features of the web site. It is recommended that you allow all cookies.

Health leads in Suffolk are uniting in a message of support for anyone struggling to cope this winter, calling on people to seek help and not to struggle alone.

‘Connect and Share’ is the first campaign of 2018 which aims to increase awareness of social isolation and loneliness through supporting local people to become better connected with their local community and recognising the ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing’  


Help support us the Co-op way!


Welcome to our Autumn newsletter!


Interview with Belinda Johnston, Founder of Our Special Friends, by We Love Bury St Edmunds at Riverwalk School, Bury St Edmunds in celebration of Suffolk Day, 6th July 2018.


What a wonderful time we had! Our thanks to the team at Explore 4x4 for hosting this wonderful fundraiser at Elveden. The pictures say it all; we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you so much to everyone who joined in to help raise essential funding for Our Special Friends.


Thought provoking dog behaviour session last night discussing dog behaviour and why dogs behave the way that they do. We all went away with a greater understanding of how we should consider the pet's perspective in a more appropriate way. Our thanks to Caroline for giving her time and knowledge to our volunteers and guests. 


Our Special Friends (OSF) celebrated with their volunteers and visiting dogs by hosting a special ‘Thank you’ evening during National Volunteer Week.


Welcome to our Spring Newsletter!


To mark the celebration of our 4th birthday, the OSF team took time out to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of birthday cake.


Donald shares his experiences as a dog owner and a volunteer for Our Special Friends. Thank you Donald. We have enjoyed listening to this immensely! 


Welcome to our January 2018 Newsletter!


What a fantastic get together! Over 500 people attended Bury St Edmunds' first information fair for older people! Our Special Friends group gave out information on the benefits of animal companionship.



Welcome to our December Newsletter for Our Special Friends Volunteers.


What an incredible fundraiser! Our thanks especially to Sue Casleton, Peta Hancock and Richard Evans for organising such a brilliant Fundraising Bridge Drive which raised a terrific £1,200 for Our Special Friends! We are tremendously grateful for the generous raffle prizes and to everyone who took part.


Thank you to Gail Hussey, for a fun and informative Dog Grooming Training session in Stowmarket last night. Gail who has been a Crufts judge and has lectured in dog grooming for many years, gave tips on grooming and holding your dog whilst grooming. Some dogs came out looking a lot neater than when they went in!!!


A big 'Thank you' to Swayne and Partners and to all those involved in organising such a fun night out, which raised an amazing £342.12. 


What an amazing feat! The team from Uplands Way Veterinary Clinic came up with the idea of a 60-mile endurance walk to raise funds for OSF. They have raised a staggering £1,850 towards their target of £2,000. If you would like to support their tremendous efforts and help them reach their target, their MyDonate page is still open.


Welcome to our first newsletter for friends and supporters of Our Special Friends. 


On the way to the next 1000


Belinda Johnston hopes to raise awareness of the benefits of animal companionship.


Really important economic evidence for the work of Our Special Friends.


Meet Karen and her companion, Purdy, whose presence allows her to cope with life's challenges.


A fish tank was donated to Gatehouse by Belinda Johnston.


Aquaria can be beneficial to people with dementia.


When age, illness or frailty mean people need help to cope with life, there is one precious relationship that often gets ignored.


Pets As Therapy (PAT) Club pilot scheme with the University of East Anglia.