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Age UK Sunderland’s Befriending Service offers a vital lifeline to anyone aged 50+ who is lonely or isolated and lives within the City of Sunderland.

Friendly Faces Our friendly faces home visiting service provides volunteers who make regular social visits, offering company and a friendly chat to older people who:

• live alone
• are housebound
• have days when they see no one

Telephone service Some older people feel that they wouldn't like to have a visitor coming into their home, but a regular call can build up a friendship without intrusion.  Through the co-ordinator and a team of volunteers, our telephone companionship service offers regular phone calls to alleviate loneliness and provides a regular point of contact for the older person, giving them a friendly call to look forward to.

If you would like a call or a visit from one of our volunteers, or if you know someone who you feel might benefit, please get in touch with our Befriending Co-ordinator using the details below.

Download a referral form

Become a Befriending Volunteer If you can spare an hour or two each week, your help could make all the difference.  If you would like to join our friendly team of volunteers, we would be delighted to hear from you – see contact details below.

You could
• Bring happiness to older people
• Make friends
• Be part of a friendly team of volunteers and make a difference to people's lives

Befriending Co-ordinator
Age UK Sunderland
Bradbury Centre
Stockton Road

Phone: 0191 514 1131


Befriending Referral form

Download information below

Befriending Service