Befriending SchemeBefriending Scheme in Wakefield
What does it do?
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.