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Befriending volunteer

As a befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in Somerset or North Somerset.

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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.


What is the Befriending service like?

Jessie from Ruishton is visited by one of our befriending volunteers. BBC Somerset's Charlie Taylor went to have a chat with her at home.

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Get in touch

Someone from the Volunteering team is usually in the office Monday to Friday. 

Please contact us.

Telephone: 01823 345627 (please leave a message if no-one answers)


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