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Young at Heart's befriending service

The aims of the service are to provide companionship and support for socially isolated people.

What does a befriender do?

  • Visit someone once a week at their home
  • Provide companionship and support

What support do we offer befrienders?

  • Free training
  • Travel expenses
  • Regular phone calls
  • Newsletter

No special qualifications are required to volunteer – just the ability to listen and show an interest in someone else’s life.

Who can be referred to the scheme?

We recognise that social isolation can occur for a variety of reasons and therefore accept referrals for people who are elderly, have learning difficulties or a mental health problem. 

Referrals to the scheme can be made by a professional involved in the care of the person, e.g.:

  • social worker
  • care worker
  • doctor
  • a representative of a voluntary organisation
  • a family member

What next?

All volunteers for the scheme are asked to provide the names and addresses of two referees and details for a police check.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, either to volunteer as a befriender or to refer somebody, please call the Young at Heart office on 01782 269990

Who to contact

Contact Name
Young at Heart Office
Telephone
01782 269990
E-mail
bonniemiles@fatherhudsons.org.uk
Website
Young at Heart services
Facebook
Young at Heart on Facebook
Last updated: 13 Sep 2018
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