After both suffering the loss of a partner, Joy from Stockport started receiving home visits from her own personal befriender, arranged by her local Age UK. Read her story below:
Many local Age UKs provide a befriending service where trained volunteers visit an older person once a week to provide companionship. We caught up with Joy from Stockport to hear how she's benefitted from these services.
Joy gets a new man in her life
88-year-old Joy from Stockport receives visits from her volunteer befriender, John, with whom she has forged a strong relationship. Chatting about the calls she receives from Age UK Stockport, Joy jokes, ‘All the girls from the office ask me “So how’s your boyfriend?”. I say, “He’s fine and you can’t have him!”
Talking about John, Joy continues: ‘He’s very good. He travels a very long way to visit me, and I can’t understand it. I say to him, “Why do you bother to come all this way?” and he says, “Because I like to talk to you.”
‘I say to him, “If we’re not careful, some people will start talking about us!”'
The following video shows a different befriending service offering home visits provided by a local Age UK: