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At Age UK Gateshead one of the ways we try to beat loneliness in later life is through our befriending services, where a volunteer visits or talks to an older person once a week in their own home or by telephone.

What is befriending?

Age UK offers two different types of befriending services:

  • Face-to-face befriending- where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or accompanies them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafĂ© or the theatre).
  • Telephone befriending- where a volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat once a week.

With both types of befriending each older person is matched with a befriender who has similar interests. They will provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

For more information call us on 0191 477 3559 or e-mail us at