Befriending offers friendship and support to older people who may be living alone, housebound or who may just need some extra support for a short period of time to help get out and about again.

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Our team of volunteer befrienders are fully trained and supported, and visitors undergo a DBS check.

What we offer:

  • Telephone befriending - a telephone service works best for some people, with phone calls usually made once a week at an agreed time
  • Home visits – trained visitors are available to visit in your own home at a time to suit you
  • Support to start getting out and about again to join in groups, activities and make new friends
  • Befriending using technology such as Skype

Volunteers typically spend up to a couple of hours a week with an older person.

Befriending is:

  • A listening ear
  • Conversation and companionship
  • Support with activities outside the house e.g. walking, visiting local places, community activities
  • Recreational activities and hobbies in the home
  • Short term support through a difficult period

“I feel happy knowing that someone cares enough to take the trouble to ring me”

For more information contact the Befriending Co-ordinator using the contact details below

Tel: 01254 266620

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