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Become a Befriending Volunteer supporting a  lonely older person in your community. 

Befriending volunteers make a huge difference by visiting regularly to provide company, friendship and support.

What do Befriending Volunteers do?

Our Befrienders are matched with a local older person who has limited social contact. They visit them or phone regularly to provide companionship, often over a cuppa! This regular contact can make a real difference to the older person’s health and life. It is really appreciated.

Sometimes, where both parties are happy to, this can extend to going out for a walk, a coffee or to the local shops together.

We always try to pair volunteers with older people who have shared interests and experiences.

What you will get out of it

It's a great way to make a real difference to someone's life

You'll be giving something back to your community

You get to be part of Age UK Buckinghamshire's volunteer team

Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding and get lots out of it themselves.

What is expected of me?

Befriending volunteers are expected to visit or call regularly. Typically, this is an hour most weeks but can vary from this.

Volunteers complete a short relevant training session and provide references.

Find out more

To find out more about volunteering with Age UK Buckinghamshire, please click below and submit our Volunteer Enquiry Form and we will be in touch in the next 2-3 working days.

Volunteer Enquiry Form 

For more information on volunteering roles you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator via phone or email.

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Phone - 01296 388057