Befriending

Befriending service for older people in Warwickshire

What does it do?

Our befriending service is there to provide friendship when it’s needed most - to protect you from loneliness and isolation.

Many older people are living in virtual isolation due to poor health, bereavement or due to little or no family contact. Modern living has contributed to this sense of isolation, where neighbours are now most often strangers, which has resulted in fewer visitors to our homes.

That’s why our befrienders are so important. A regular call from a volunteer really can make a big difference to older people’s lives.

What’s involved?

  • The befriending service aims to provide quality one-to-one time on a weekly basis in people’s own homes. This gives people something to look forward to and provides them with a chance to connect to the wider community.
  • Our befrienders are there purely for friendly social calls, unlike other callers who might be there for practical reasons. This gives older people the opportunity to relax and chat to someone who cares.
  • Many people like to play games or do hobbies with their befriender, others might just want to chat and catch up over a cuppa each week. We are here for everyone with our befriending service.

Who it is for?

You are most welcome if you are the following:

  • Living alone
  • Have little/no social contact with family, friends or neighbours
  • Lacking in mobility (unable to get out unaided)
  • Aged 55+
  • Not socially active

Where it is available?

Local service (Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Rugby).

What it costs:

This is a free service.

How to access or apply for it:

Anyone can make a referral to this service providing that they have the consent of the beneficiary and meet the criteria for eligibility to the befriending scheme.

The service will not be able to take referrals where any of the following exist:

  • Life limiting conditions
  • Dementia
  • All levels of depression or anxiety
Referrals that are accepted will be placed on a register and contacted when a suitable volunteer match is found in their area.

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Info last updated:

08/02/2018