As a befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in East London.
Please note that the recruitment process to be a befriender may take between 6-8 weeks; this is dependent on DBS/references checks and training. Please see process flowchart below.
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.