OxBEL Befriending for Life

Befriending for Life service

What does it do?

Dealing with a life-limiting illness and supporting a loved one who is very ill can be among the greatest challenges we face. OxBEL Befrienders offer friendship without fear and with openness and honesty.

Our Oxfordshire Befriending for Life service (OxBEL) offers friendship to people aged 18 and over who are living with a life-limiting illness. We also provide support for carers and loved ones.

Volunteer Befrienders build a friendly, supportive relationship with you and those who care for you. A Befriender spends up to three hours a week talking, listening to or being with you, depending on your needs and wishes. Each volunteer offers:

  • Friendship
  • Companionship
  • Someone who is keen to celebrate the joys of living
  • Someone who is not afraid to talk about difficult issues if needed
  • Befriending also aims to reduce any sense of isolation and to help people feel less alone in a time of need.

Each volunteer is fully trained and supported by a skilled, experienced, and professional team of coordinators.

Who it is for?

Older people in Oxfordshire.

Where it is available?

Local service (South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse, West Oxfordshire, Cherwell, Oxford).

How to access or apply for it:

See contact details above

Additional information:

How we can support you

OxBEL offers the following support services:

  • Face to face and telephone befriending.
  • Help to plan and go on outings or continue favourite activities.
  • Minor practical support: e.g. escort to medical appointments, light shopping, collecting prescriptions.
  • A break for carers from time to time.
  • Information about local services and additional sources of help, support and advice.
  • We also set up and facilitate support groups through our collaborative work with Carers Oxfordshire post bereavement friendship and support.


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