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The Befriending Service offers social connection so that those who have a life limiting illness feel more connected to their community at a time when they might otherwise be lonely or isolated.

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. 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.

Old man smiling on telephoneBy 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.

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. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering to become a Befriender, please complete the Expression of Interest Form below.

Expression of Interest Form (Compassionate Communities Project)

  • e.g. Becoming a Volunteer Befriender, Ambassador, etc.

Referrals

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from having regular contact with a trained Befriender you can download our client leaflet here and refer or self-refer to the service by emailing CC@treetopshospice.org.uk or calling Julie Mehigan on 07990 040288 or 0115 9491264.