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Are you living alone? Family and friends live far away? Finding it difficult to get out and meet people? Have a hobby or interest you would like to be able to take up? These are just some of the ways our Befriending Service can help you in Guildford & Waverley and Runnymede & Spelthorne.

Gillian Cooper shares her story on how Age UK Surrey's Befriending Service programme has changed her life.

If you would like more information on Befriending Service then please contact us today 01483 503414 or

Update on Befriending Service:  Following Government advice we are suspending our home visits until further notice.  We will however be trying to keep in touch with our clients by telephone.

How the service works

We work with you to enable you to stay independent and in touch with your local community. Our Co-ordinator will visit you and talk about what you would like to do and introduce you to a trained volunteer. Our volunteer will help you every step of the way.

Tailored for you

Our volunteer can visit you at home or go with you to community activities. If you prefer we can support you through Skype (internet connection required) or by telephone, just let us know.

Whether you want someone to visit you at home, go for a walk, take up a new hobby or join a community group we can be here for you.

What is the cost?

Volunteers give their time freely and Age UK Surrey will reimburse mileage to and from our clients’ homes. Any out of pocket expenses incurred by the volunteer, such as mileage to an activity, lunch, parking, bus fares etc. we ask you to cover.

Become a volunteer for the Befriending Service

We are always interested in hearing from caring and reliable volunteers to help run the Befriending Service in Guildford & Waverley and Runnymede & Spelthorne. Please visit our page on Becoming a Volunteer for more information.

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