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Befriending services for veterans

The Joining Forces programme has now ended

Joining Forces was an Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust supported programme in partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. It was delivered by 12 local projects across England by local Age UKs and SSAFA branches. After 3 successful years, the programme has now ended. Many of the pages in this section will still be useful for information and advice. Alternatively, you can look at the relevant sections of the Age UK website.

Befriending at Age UK

Joining Forces logoAt Age UK, we help beat loneliness through our befriending - or 'visiting' - services, where a volunteer visits or talks to an older person once a week in their own home.

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. In some cases, a volunteer may accompany the older person to occasional hospital or doctor’s appointments.
  • Telephone befriending: where a volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat.

As part of Joining Forces, you can ask to be matched with another veteran and we'll try to make it happen.

All befrienders provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

What should I do next?

Get a free weekly friendship call

Sign up to our free telephone befriending service where we match older and younger veterans.

Find out if your local Age UK runs a befriending service


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For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

Partnering with SSAFA

SSAFA logo

As part of Joining Forces, Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England.

Find out more about SSAFA

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Last updated: Aug 19 2020

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