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Telephone Befriending

  • Location: Age UK Wiltshire
  • Price: Free
Call 08081 962424 for more info

Please note, this service is not available outside Age UK Wiltshire - Head Office's catchment area.

A friendly chat when you need it. We can offer a free, weekly social telephone call from a friendly Age UK Wiltshire volunteer to older people who are spending long periods on their own at home or who may have caring responsibilities that isolate them from the outside world.

What is telephone befriending?

As we get older, we may find we spend more time on our own. This can sometimes feel lonely, boring or make us miss friends or family.
If you, or someone you know, is missing the joy of regular conversation, Age UK Wiltshire can help.
We offer a free telephone befriending service so you can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all from the comfort of your own home.

How does it telephone befriending work?

We match over 65s who are experiencing loneliness and isolation, spend most of their time at home alone or who have caring responsibilities that mean they can't get out, with a friendly volunteer for a weekly chat. Our service has helped create many new friendships, and many people tell us their calls are the highlight of their week. To get started, we'll just need to know a bit about yourself and we’ll do the rest.

Who is the service for?

To sign up for our regular telephone befriending service, where someone calls each week, you need to:

be over 65
be experiencing a period of loneliness or isolation
be spending most of your time alone or as a carer
have identified that receiving a weekly call would make a significant difference to your well-being
have your own landline or mobile phone
be able to hear and be understood over the phone.
be able to take a call on the day agreed with your volunteer

Find out more

To find out more about the service and to register your interest, please click on the link below.