In Touch Befriending

What does it do?

Many older people feel isolated and lonely and we try to alleviate this loneliness by matching the older person with a carefully selected volunteer who agrees to visit on a regular basis, usually once a week for about an hour or two.

We recruit volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life to support us in delivering our one-to-one support and befriending service.

What is the In Touch Befriending Scheme?

Many older people who live alone or are housebound will benefit from the support offered by our In Touch Befriending Service. We want to recruit a team of local people to visit some of the most vulnerable older people in Hammersmith and Fulham at least once a week. 

Befriending may simply involve popping round to somebody’s home for a cup of tea and a chat, but may include helping older people with small practical tasks.  

Volunteers are also able to help

  • By escorting people to their GP’s or hospital appointments 
  • Accompanying an older person to the local library, theatre, shops or pub.
  • With other practical tasks