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COVID-19 update

20/5/20

We are currently providing a telephone befriending service only.  The number of volunteers we are putting in touch with older people is growing all the time, as the lockdown means we are all not able to socialise as normal.  Older  people who are self-isolating or "shielding" very much appreciate the opportunity for a chat with a friendly, caring person.

Please call us on 01908 550700 if you or someone you know would be interested in this free service.  You can also call us if you need emergency shopping or prescription collection support.

  • Isobel

    I haven’t been out for nine weeks now but I’m trying to take it all in my stride.  I love chatting to Maryanne my regular befriender.  This morning Caroline from Age UK Milton Keynes also rang and checked to see if I was ok and if I needed any more help.  We talked about the many events in my life and I told her about a record that I recorded for my parents’ silver wedding anniversary.  I still have the record.

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  • Maryanne

    I've been chatting with Isobel for several weeks now, phoning her every Tuesday afternoon for hour or so long chats.  We get on really well and talk about just anything!  Isobel is such a lovely interesting woman, full of stories.  This week she told me "I don't feel invisible any more, knowing that people care is really comforting."  Isn't that wonderful to hear? 

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A friendly telephone call to see how you are.

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.

COVID-19 update

1/5/20

We are currently providing a telephone befriending service only.  Please call us on 01908 550700 if you need emergency shopping or prescription collection support.

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?

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.

Walking Befriending

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

Other information you may find helpful