What is befriending?
Community Concern Erewash offers Face-to-face befriending: where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat.
Each older person is matched with a befriender who has similar interests. They will provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis.
Befriending provides an older person with a link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway for other services and valuable support. These services are usually free of charge.
The aims of the service are to:
– provide a quality befriending service.
– alleviate loneliness amongst those that are often socially isolated and housebound through trained and DBS checked volunteers.
– to support people where necessary on a long term basis with 1:1 befriending in the home in the event that they are housebound (either through mental health disabilities eg agoraphobia, social anxiety issues) or physical disabilities.
– to befriend people on a short term basis (around 6 weeks) with a view to ‘refriending’ them into a community based activity, such as a friendship group.
– to signpost / refer people to support services that meet their needs.
If you would like to be considered for a befriender or would like more information please telephone 0115 9444146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org