Tel 01908 550700
Our volunteers visit older people at home on a regular basis for a friendly chat and to see that things are generally well.
What does the service offer?
Our volunteers get to know their client, providing reassurance as well as companionship to some of the most isolated people in our community. They are able to help fill in forms and can chat through many of the concerns that you may have. If you need further support or information they can refer you to our Information & Advice Service. Our 84 volunteers visit a total of 90 older people on a regular basis, usually every week.
Who is it for?
- people aged over 55
- live in Milton Keynes and
- would benefit from the support and company a Befriender can offer.
How much does it cost?
We do not make a charge for this service. As there is a high demand for this service we prioritise people who do not have relatives or friends living nearby and do not find it easy to leave their home, perhaps due to ill health or disability.
How do I access the service?
Due to an increase in demand for befrienders we are temporarily unable to take new referrals. This is a short-term measure and we hope to be able to take on new clients from 1st March 2020. Walking Befriending referrals will stay open as usual. Please call us on 01908 550700 or send an email.
Could you be a befriender?
We are always looking for caring, reliable people who would enjoy visiting someone on a regular basis. If you could spare a few hours a week, or perhaps once a month, please get in touch on 01908 550700.
This service provides volunteer befrienders to accompany an older person on a short walk near their home.