Befriending Scheme

Befriending Scheme in Wakefield

What does it do?

The Community Companions Befriending Scheme provides volunteer Befrienders to isolated older people throughout the whole of the Wakefield District.

The scheme is made up of volunteers who offer friendship and support to older people.

Volunteers typically spend about an hour a week with an older person to help reduce their feeling of isolation and loneliness.

Volunteer Befrienders offer:

  • A listening ear
  • Conversation and companionship
  • Recreational activities within the home such as puzzles, letter writing, or simply sharing memories

Volunteers cannot offer cleaning or similar domestic tasks, or provide personal or nursing care. Neither do they handle the finances of the older person

Who it is for?

The scheme specifically aims to help older people who:

  • Live alone and are unable to get out of the house
  • Have no one who is able to spend quality time with them

Many people who use our Befriending Scheme have physical health problems which have been one of the causes of their isolation.

Where it is available?

Local service (Wakefield).

How to access or apply for it:

See contact details above

Classification(s):

Info last updated:

22/04/2016