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Befriending volunteer


Could you visit a lonely older person? Help us fight loneliness in Hammersmith and Fulham by becoming a befriender. 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 Hammersmith and Fulham.

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

What is expected of me?

Befriending volunteers are expected to visit regularly, normally once a week. This usually involves a commitment of around one to two hours per week, over an extended period of time. Visiting is ideally undertaken during the week – mornings and afternoons but weekends are also possible.

Volunteers will also need to provide references, and undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (which we will apply for on your behalf) to help us ensure the safety and wellbeing of the older people to be visited, plus attend a short training session.

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 may gain some additional skills
  • You get to be part of Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham's volunteer team
  • Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding

To apply please complete an application form

Please return your form by email to: or to Volunteer Coordinator, Age UK Hammersmith and Fulham, 105 Greyhound Road, Hammersmith, W6 8NJ