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Who is the service for?

Anyone aged 50+ who feels lonely and unable to leave their home.

What does the service offer?

A volunteer will provide a regular weekly home visit, the visit is purley social and usually last one hour.

During the visit our volunteer can have a good chat, play games like scrabble, do crosswords together, birdwatch, reminisce, watch and discuss whats on the TV.  Anything that is of mutual interest.

We can also offer local telephone befriending if having a volunteer in the home isn't suitable.

Who are your volunteers?

Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, aged between 18 and 100 and they appreciate the difficulties that loneliness can create for any of us who have no-one to talk to or share our thoughts with.

We aim to match volunteers to lonely people in their communities, thereby creating local links.

Our volunteers have all been screened and are subject to a DBS check.

How much does the service cost?

It is free. There is no charge to join our befriending service.

The criteria is that the person being referred lives within South Gloucestershire, that they experience loneliness and have difficulty getting out of their home.

How do I access the befriending service?

Contact us on 01454 411707 and select option 2.

Or you can refer yourself or someone else to the service using one of our referral forms:

For a self-referral, send the below form to:

Click here to download self-referral form


To refer someone else, use the form below and email it to:

Click here to download the referral form