As a befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in Somerset or North Somerset.
What do befrienders do?
It's a terrible thing to be lonely. Did you know that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely? You can do something to help by becoming a befriender with Age UK Somerset.
Befrienders get matched with an older person in the community. They visit them on a regular basis to provide companionship.
Watch this short film to see the difference having a befriender made to Jean.
What you will get out of it
- It's a great way to make a real difference to someone's life
- You'll be giving something to your community
- You get to be part of Age UK Somerset's volunteer team
- Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding
What is expected of me?
Befriending volunteers are expected to visit their friend regularly. This usually involves a commitment of around an hour per week.
Volunteers will also need to attend a short induction session before the first visit.
Get in touch
Someone from the Volunteering team is usually in the office Monday to Friday.
Please contact us.