Befriend An Older Person

At Age UK one of the ways they try to beat loneliness in later life is through their befriending services, where a volunteer visits an older person once a week in their own home.

What do befrienders do?

We all know what it’s like to feel lonely, but did you know that nearly half of all people aged 75 and over live alone? One of the ways you can help is by volunteering to befriend an older person in your area.
When you volunteer to befriend in your community, you will be matched by your local Age UK with an older person, who you will visit in their home or call to offer friendly regular conversation while building lasting companionship.

What you will get out it

  • It’s a direct way to make a difference to someone’s life
  • You get to support a great cause, while giving something back to your community
  • You get to be part of a wider, friendly team.
  • Volunteers tell us it’s fun, and you might make a new friend
  • Agreed expenses

Friends through Age UK

Len and his befriender Ivor talk about their growing friendship, and how Age UK’s befriending service has made a difference.


What is expected of me?

In preparation for becoming a befriender, volunteers are required to complete a recruitment and matching process. This can take up to eight weeks if a disclosure and barring service check is required for the role, but it is often completed much sooner.

Once matched you will usually be asked to call or visit the older person you are matched to on a regular basis regularly. This could involve a call or visit for around 30 minutes to an hour, every week, over a long period of time.

If you’d like to find out more get in touch via this link.




    • That’s wonderful Norman. Be sure to get in touch with Age UK via the link in the article and i’m sure they’ll be delighted to hear from you.

  1. Trying to fill the online form in to volunteer and it won’t submit keeps asking for a valid postcode even tho I am putting it in

    • That’s annoying. What you could do, is try a differrent postcode, and see if it accepts that. the fact its a slightly differnt one to yours shouldnt make much difference to age uk as its only used very broadly to understand where people are located

  2. Hello I am the new befriender at newton community centre and we are looking for befrienders, we have an arrangement with Age Uk they refer newton le willows residents to us if they need too. Please give us a ring on 01925 224731 for more information.


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