Our Befriending Service has successfully matched over 200 Volunteers with clients across Somerset and North Somerset who had let us know they were struggling with loneliness.
Due to some funding changes we are currently in the process of reviewing our Befriending service to consider the options available.
This review will have no impact on the 200 or so matches that have already been made. Our existing valued befriending volunteers will continue to regularly visit the clients they have been matched with, providing companionship and helping to reduce their feelings of loneliness.
However, while this review is being undertaken we are not taking on any new clients and we are also putting the recruitment of new Befriending Volunteers on hold.
(This applies to Befriending Volunteers only. We are still keenly seeking Volunteers to help with our other services. Please see our Volunteering page for more information).
If you are able to get out and about and would like to meet new people in a friendly setting, perhaps you might like to try one of our Ageing Well sessions which are run across Somerset and North Somerset?
Volunteering with us is another way to meet new people, while learning a new skill at the same time as helping your local community
There are organisations who offer a telephone befriending service.
Click here to learn about Age UK's Call in Time