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
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
- a representative of a voluntary organisation
- a family member
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