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Our Befriending Scheme can help if you live alone and would like to have a chat over the telephone or with someone in your own home. A member of our team will visit you initially to match a volunteer with similar interests to provide friendship and a listening ear. The service is free.

Those with needs beyond Age UK Dacorum’s remit will be signposted to organisations who can assist.


Maria, a volunteer befriender, explains how she regularly visits Barbara, how this benefits her and why the befriending scheme is so important.

Who is the service for?

We provide friendship and support for older people who live alone and are isolated, lonely or housebound. 

Research shows that contact with volunteers as part of a social action befriending service appears to significantly improve the quality of life for people in their last years of life.


Referrals can be made by individuals, family, friends, neighbours and professionals. 

Who are our volunteers?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life but are all carefully selected and screened before they visit anyone (including a full police DBS check). We aim to match our volunteers with older people who have similar interests and outlook.



To volunteer as a befriender, make a referral or for further information please contact:


 Contact Age UK Dacorum


 01442 259049


Befriending News


Susan has spent many weeks without seeing a soul in her 1-bedroom flat. Born in South London without children of her own, she lived with her disabled parents.  Though they may have passed away many decades ago she still thinks of them everyday and talks to their photograph.

Now Susan gets regular visits from volunteers at Age UK. Susan is grateful for her visits and feels happy reliving a real conversation for many days afterwards.

Age UK Dacorum's Telephone Club and Befriending service offer the opportunity for anyone over 50 living alone to receive free calls and visits from our friendly volunteers and staff.     

For more information contact us online or call us at 01442 259049.