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Befriending volunteer

As a befriender you could provide company for a lonely older person in South Gloucestershire.

What do befrienders do?

It's a terrible thing to be lonely. Did you know that 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely and in South Gloucestershire we have over 200 people waiting for a volunteer to visit? You can do something to help by becoming a befriender with Age UK South Gloucestershire.

Befrienders get matched with an older person in the community. They visit them or call them on a regular basis to provide companionship. 

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 South Gloucestershire'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, over a long period of time. Volunteers will also need to attend a short training session, provide references and undertake a DBS check.

Training for the role is a mixture of self study and formal training courses.  The training courses take place at a variety of locations accross South Gloucestershire and take place in the evening as well as during the working day.

When can I visit?

We have volunteers who visit in the daytime, evenings and at weekends.  Feeling lonely can happen at any time of day.  The majority of our clients are looking for daytime visits but we can accommodate other times as well.

If you work shifts or varying hours we can also accommodate your availability.

You can apply to volunteer now, either by:

Sending an application form to

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By using our website contact form  

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