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Befriending volunteer

As a befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in Cornwall.

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What do befrienders do?

It's a terrible thing to be lonely. Did you know that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely? You can do something to help by becoming a befriender with Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly. 

Befrienders get matched with an older person in the community. They visit them or call them on a regular basis to provide companionship. Last year we helped over 230 clients & offered over 11,500 hours of support to help break the cycle of loneliness.

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 to your community
  • You get to be part of Age UK Cornwall's volunteer team
  • Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding

A Vital service

The befriending arm of Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly is a vital service for older people in the county, especially those in rural and isolated areas. For those who need support on a one-to-one basis, this service is invaluable.

Find out more

If you are interested in volunteering for Age UK Cornwall's befriending service, please call our Helpline on - 01872 266383 or

Apply now

You can register your interest online by clicking this link or contacting our Helpline on 01872 266383 -