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.