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Befriending Service

  • Location: Age UK Milton Keynes
  • Price: Free
Call 01908 550700 for more info

Please note, this service is not available outside Age UK Milton Keynes - Head Office's catchment area.

Age UK Milton Keynes
Peartree Centre 1, Chadds Lane
Peartree Bridge
United Kingdom

We offer a free befriending service to lonely or isolated people aged over 55 or above living in Milton Keynes.

What we do

We aim to provide a carefully matched volunteer befriender who will normally visit at least once a week. All our volunteer befrienders are chosen carefully, and DBS checked.

Our befrienders offer a kind, empathic listening ear and may be able to provide details of other services that may be helpful. Older people who are vulnerable or nervous of socialising very much appreciate the opportunity for a chat with a friendly, caring person.

Who is this service for?

To be considered for the service individuals must be:

• Aged 55 or older living in Milton Keynes

• We regret we cannot accept referrals for individuals already living in a care home

Our aim is to assess every referral individually for suitability. We regret that in some circumstances a person's needs may exceed the support available from our service, in these cases we will endeavour to provide information on suitable support.

Whilst we welcome referrals for anyone who meets the above criteria, priority will be given to clients who:

• Live alone

• Have little or no friends visiting on a regular basis

• Have no family close by

• Do not attend other activities, e.g. day centres, community classes

Walking Befriending

This service provides volunteer befrienders to accompany an older person on a short walk near their home.

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