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Loneliness and social isolation are more common than you think and for many are closely linked to remaining independent and enjoying good physical and mental health.

Older lady enjoying company

“Currently, a million people over 65 feel lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’ and 3.7 million people live alone, many with no means of getting out and about.” (English Longitudinal Study on Ageing)

Our befriending services offer companionship and support to older people who are lonely or isolated, provide a link to the outside world, and can act as a gateway to other services and support.


Befriending involves matching an older person with a volunteer befriender who can visit for a cuppa, friendly conversation and a listening ear on a regular basis. All of our volunteer befrienders undergo an enhanced DBS check and are required to provide satisfactory references as part of our recruitment process.

Where is Befriending available?

Our home visit befriending services are currently available to residents of Northwest Leicestershire.

Is Befriending free of charge?

Yes. We are kindly supported by funders, including the Big Lottery, which means we can offer you the service at no cost.

How can I access this service?

You will simply need to make contact with our staff member who coordinates befriending.

For befriending in North West Leicestershire

Please contact Julie Pearson on 01530 833 000.

You can also email