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Befriending is available for older people who live alone, have no family living locally, who feel isolated and lack social contact.

What is befriending?

Befriending is the act of visiting an older person, who is socially isolated, in their own home. Befriending provides companionship to older people who best need it and a crucial link to the outside world.  

What is tele-befriending?

Tele-befriending is the same as face to face befriending. The only difference being that you talk over the phone rather than visit the person you're befriending. We use tele-befriending when you first join the scheme. This allows us to get to know you, whilst we find a suitable volunteer befriender.

How befriending helps

  • Aims to ameliorate loneliness
  • Provides companionship to socially isolated older people
  • Helps clients develop new relationships and confidence
  • Encouragement to participate in social activites away from home
  • Provides a crucial link to outside world

What do we do?

We provide both befriending and tele-befriending here at Age UK Worcester & District. We have a selection of 'befrienders' who will come and visit you in your own home, for at least an hour every fortnight. Upon referral to this scheme, you will be added to our tele-befriending list until we can place you with a suitable 'befriender'. You will receive a weekly telephone call from our befriending co-ordinator, Tony, who will call you to have a chat and get to know you better.

Become a befriender

Would you like to befriend an older person in Worcester & District? Complete our online application form today.

Apply now

Other ways to tackle loneliness

Social clubs

Why not look into joining one of our social clubs? Our social clubs are regular meet ups where you'll get to socialise with others and have the opportunity to take part in regular activites.

Lunch club

Why not look into joining our lunch club? Our lunch club offer a similar programme to social clubs only over lunch.

Craft club

We hold a regular craft club where over 50s can come and have a natter whilst being a knitter.

Men's shed

COMING SOON! A place where men and women come together to connect, converse and create. It is a great way to pursue practical interests, practical skills, building and creating.

EnJOY seated dance

If you are able to, why not try out our new seated dance classes. Fiona Petts Dance will provide instructed classes, which combines exercise and creativity to help strengthen your mucles and joints; helping you to maintain your mobility. 


If your able to, why not try volunteering? Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the charity. You'll get regular opportunities to meet new people, learn new things, keep yourself busy and give yourself something to look forward to. We have a number of volunteering opportunities available.

Contact us

For more information please visit our contact us page to find out how you can get in touch or find out where our office premises is located.

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