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Community Befriending

  • Location: Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge
  • Price: Free
Call 01732 366100 for more info

Befriending is for older people who are lonely and need a friendly chat and a bit of company.

Loneliness and isolation can have big impact on the health and welbeing of older people. Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge provides a Community Befriending service to help tackle the causes of isolation and loneliness.

The service aims to enable older people to:
• Overcome the barriers of isolation & loneliness
• Share the company of others
• Talk to someone
• Pursue interests & activities in the local community
• Maintain independence and gain information & enable clients to stay at home longer

Who is the service for?

Mainly for people aged 65 or over living in the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge area who have become housebound or detached from community life through bereavement, moving house, disability, mental illness, etc.

Who will refer?

The person needing help, their relatives, carers, health or social service professionals, GP, etc. Referral is to Age UK Sevenoaks and Tonbridge.

What happens next?

The befriending coordinator will nominate a befriending volunteer to contact the person needing help.

Volunteers may be able to visit people in the immediate area of Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. We may arrange telephone befriending for people further afield.

All volunteers are DBS checked.

Contact
For further details or to make a referral contact:
Age UK Tonbridge office Phone 01732 366100 or Email: befriending@ageuksevenoaksandtonbridge.org.uk