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Befriending services

Rose and Sarah met through Age UK

Rose wanted someone to chat and have a cuppa with, so she signed up for our befriending service. "It's the best thing that I could have ever done," she says.

At Age UK, one of the ways we try to combat loneliness in later life is through our befriending services. We offer 2 different types:

Call in Time telephone befriending

Call in Time is a national service where a volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat.

The older person is matched with a befriender who has similar interests, who will provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

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Face-to-face befriending

Befriending services are available at many local Age UKs. They will often involve a volunteer befriender visiting an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre). In some cases, a volunteer may accompany the older person to occasional hospital or doctor's appointments.

Contact your local Age UK to find out about their befriending services

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Need some advice?

The Age UK Advice Line is a free, confidential, national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals, which is open 365 days a year (8am-7pm). If you're feeling lonely or need some practialy help and support, please call us on 0800 055 6112.

 

Last updated: Nov 06 2018

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