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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:

Know someone who could benefit?

If you're interested in arranging face-to-face befriending (home visits), this is a local service, so to arrange this you'll need to contact your local Age UK to find out what befriending services they offer.

You can find the contact details of your local Age UK by typing your postcode into the search box below.

Are you interested in volunteering as a befriender?

If you're interested in volunteering as an Age UK befriender, you can find out how you can get involved by visiting our volunteering page.

Find your local Age UK to arrange face-to-face befriending

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 169 2081