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Befriending volunteer

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

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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 East London.

Befrienders get matched with an older person in the community. They visit them or call them on a regular basis to provide companionship. 

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 East London's volunteer team
  • Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding

What is expected of me?

Befriending volunteers are expected to call or visit their friend regularly. This usually involves a commitment of around 30 minutes to an hour per week, over a long period of time. Volunteers will also need to attend a short training session and provide references.

What roles are available for me? Click on the name to download the Task Description

Friend at Home Service user Assessor

Friend at Home

Friend on the Phone