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

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Telephone Befriender

Volunteers who have an interest in, and an empathy with, older people. You will need a good telephone manner, good communication and listening skills. You will also need a non judgemental approach to older people and understand the need for confidentiality.
This role can be provided from our offices or from your own home. Full training provided. Find out more

Home Visitors

Volunteers who can provide companionship including: chatting, listening, reminiscing, making a cup of tea in the client's home and encouraging older people to join Age UK's activities in the local area. Full training provided. Find out more

IT Befriender

IT Support Volunteers who can visit people in their homes and assist them to access social media and local activities from home. Find out more


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 South Lakeland.

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 Lakeland's volunteer team
  • Volunteers tell us they find befriending really rewarding


Contact us to find out more

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to talk to you further.