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Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly understands how terrible loneliness and isolation can be, which is why we run a Befriending Service.

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.

If you are housebound, if your circumstances have recently changed through bereavement, or if you feel lonely or isolated, then one call to us could help. Our coordinator will visit you with the aim of resolving your concerns.


Pairing with a volunteer

If you wish to be introduced to a befriender then this will be done as soon as we are able, after a visit from our coordinator. All our volunteer befrienders are interviewed and security checked and we also take up references.

Your volunteer will visit or telephone you on a regular basis to suit your needs. You have our assurance that each volunteer is personally matched to meet your needs.


How to access the service

You can access our Befriending service in a number of ways.

By phone: 01872 266383

By email:

At our office: Book an appointment or drop-in to our office in Boscawen House, Chapel Hill, Truro. TR1 3BN

Contact Us

Please contact us to find out more information, our Helpline can point you in the right direction and discuss the next steps.