Volunteer Befriending Service

Lancashire befriending volunteer service

What does it do?

Lancashire County Council Befriending Service finds friendship for people who have become isolated and need companionship to feel part of their community. 

Volunteering with us to visit people who benefit hugely from seeing a friendly face for a couple of hours each week, or even every fortnight. We will look to find someone you'll quickly consider a friend and aim to suit your preferences, strengths, schedule, and goals – Volunteering with Lancashire County Council can help you develop friendships, new skills, and expand your CV.

Activities vary but typically involve meeting someone in their own home or assisting them to access local leisure activities, such as parks, cafes, or libraries – often, it's a mix of both! The activity and friendship provided by volunteers can boost
physical and mental health, making this an important and greatly valued community role.

For more information please see http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/volunteer or call 01257 516035

Who it is for?

The Volunteer Service supports those in need of social contact due to being isolated or vulnerable by offering a Befriender Volunteer. We also may support unpaid carers through offering a small amount of respite, supporting the cared for.

Where it is available?

Local service (Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale).

What it costs:

The service is free of charge although some costs may be incurred to reimburse the volunteer's travel or meals/activities.

How to access or apply for it:

Call us on 01772 531 323 and see if you or the person that you care for is eligible.


Info last updated:

Peter House, Peter Street, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 2RP