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As a Befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in Coventry or Warwickshire

From as little as 15 minutes of your time, a week could make a massive difference to an older person's life. If you are empathetic and good at talking then becoming a volunteer for our Befriending Service this maybe the role for you.

As people get older, some may find they spend more time on their own. Some can no longer leave their home or have the confidence to do so. This can sometimes feel lonely, isolated or they miss friends and family.

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
  • Volunteers tell us they find Befriending very rewarding
  • You'll get to be a part of Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire's volunteer team
  • Read one of our volunteer's befriending stories here

What is expected of me?

Befriending Telephone volunteer

Befrienders provide regular contact with an older person by providing a telephone call to a client, which usually involves a commitment of approximately 15 minutes per week. We also provide telephone befriending to carers who may be finding their caring role lonely. This allows volunteers to be more flexible in their availability and do this in a safe, easy way from the comfort of their own home.

Befriending Home Visit volunteer

Befrienders provide companionship to an older person providing a weekly or fortnightly home visit. This usually involves a commitment of approximately one hour per week. The visit offers companionship, a friendly chitchat over a cup of tea. You may wish to engage in activity together such as a game of scrabble, going for a short walk, watching a film or sharing a hobby.

Befriending Penpal

Penpal Befrienders involve sending and receiving a letter each month. It is a great way to reach out to someone in the community.

Most of Age UK Coventry & Warwickshire services rely on time, loyalty and commitment given by hundreds of volunteers throughout the county. Our volunteers are absolutely invaluable and are the key to our success.

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