We know that the power of a good chat over a cup of tea enhances the lives of people who are facing end-of-life issues. Reducing isolation is widely recognised as being beneficial to both physical and mental health.
A weekly call or visit can be a lifeline. Our Volunteer Befrienders help people to remain independent and can signpost to other available support, and social and community groups.
Our Service is available for people who are lonely or isolated due to their life limiting condition - including frailty, for carers of people with life limiting illness and for people isolated by bereavement.
By listening and hearing people's stories and experiences, our Volunteers can help individuals make every day count and live a normal life for as long possible.
Offering small acts of kindness, laughter, a game of scrabble, practical help or sharing memories can bring joy to people’s lives.
The Service can also offer some respite for carers and family members, who can leave the house knowing their loved one has someone there to listen to them.
Our Befriending volunteers come from all walks of life with a wide variety of skills and experiences. The thing they all have in common is some spare time to offer and a desire to give back to their community.