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“Across the country, in every sector and setting, I have seen the power of one-to-one relationships to make a difference to people's lives and help them solve their own problems”

—Right Hon Gordon Brown MP

“Befriending plays a key role in helping us provide support to vulnerable members of society. Ensuring we take the time to spend with others who may be feeling alone is one of best things we can do to ensure people feel part of society. The Scottish Government will continue to do all we can to support valued befriending initiatives and I would like to express our thanks to the thousands of volunteers in Scotland.”

—Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights

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AgeUK Leicester Shire & Rutland

Befriending Visits & Telephone Befriending Our Befriending services support older people who may be lonely or socially isolated and would benefit from a friendly face calling in on a regular basis at a mutually convenient day and time. Funding currently limits the visiting service toRutland, Charnwood, North West Leicestershire and Leicester City. Older people who live alone in these areas are eligible for the Befriending Service which can be accessed by older people or by referral. CONTACTS Leicester City: 0116 223 7364 michaela.forty@ageukleics.org.uk Rutland: 01572 770 324 lisa.jackson@ageukleics.org.uk Charnwood: 01509 260 327 anna.southam@ageukleics.org.uk North West Leicestershire: 01530 460553 donna.watson@ageukleics.org.uk

Yvonne Dulson
Lansdowne House
113 Princess Road East
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE17LA

Tel: 0116 2992233

BUDS

BUDS aims to improve the quality of life of people experiencing dementia and their family carers in Sandwell, West Midlands. This includes hosting weekly clubs, befriending, carer support, volunteering, and training. We currently support over 200 families per week. There are different types of dementia, however dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by a disease and symptoms can include forgetfulness, confusion, changes in mood and problems in communicating.

Alison Pugh
BUDS
Great Bridge Library
Sheepwash Lane
Tipton
West Midlands
DY4 7JF

Tel: 0121 565 3721

Care for the Family

Care for the Family is a UK charity that aims to promote strong family life and support those who face family difficulties. Our work is focused on three areas: Parenting, Marriage/Couple Support and Bereavement. We run telephone befriending schemes for Bereaved Parents, those Widowed Young and Parents of Children with Additional Needs.

Carol Humphreys
Garth House
Cardiff
CF15 7RG

Tel: 02920815854

Careline

Careline operates a free telephone befriending service aimed at older and vulnerable people living in the Derbyshire Dales and East Staffordshire. Through its befriending it aims to reduce social isolation and improve health and well-being for its members. It offers friendship and support to its members and peace of mind to their family and friends. Careline also signposts to other charities and relevant bodies in the area.

Jane Fulham
St Oswald's Hospital
Clifton Road
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 1DR

Tel: 01335 210353

Clough Hapunda Care Services

We provide a One-2-One Befriending Service. Our aim is to provide a reliable and trusted service to alleviate loneliness, promote the client’s wellbeing and encourage social inclusion. We cater for Adults 18+ and the Elderly, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health clients in Birmingham. We accept referrals from the client themselves, their relatives, charities or by a service organisation. For more information and a referral form visit our website. For more information and how to apply as a Befriender, please visit our website.

Mutinta (Director)
80 Coopers Road
Birmingham
West Midlands
B20 2JX

Tel: 0121 218 9588

Independent Age

Independent Age provides support to older people enabling them to live independently with choice and control.

Jeanette Bates
18 Avonmore Road
London
W14 8RR

Tel: 02076054233

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3JD

Tel: 07455765844

NCHA

We are a large housing association, that is developing volunteer befriending services to support socially isolated service users.

Rebecca Woodcock
Pelham House
25 Clumber Avenue
Nottingham
NG5 1AG

Tel: 01158443462

Norden House Surgery

A befriending service set up as part of the Over 75 Team based in Winslow covering areas of North Buckinghamshire.

Keith Hofgartner
Avenue Road
Winslow
Buckinghamshire
MK18 3DW

Tel: 01296713434

Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity

Around 70,000 adults and children in the UK have PKD. Over 12 million are affected worldwide. We support those affected, their families and carers, with information, help and understanding. We raise awareness and fund research into the causes of PKD, with the aim of discovering treatments and a cure.

Esther O' Brien
91 Royal College St
London
NW1 0SE

Tel: 020 7387 0543

Sight Concern Worcestershire

Sight Concern Worcestershire supports blind and partially sighted people, helping them to reach their full potential and to play an active role in society. Our Community Volunteers befriend clients and visit them at home. They visit for a drink and a chat. They offer help with reading and correspondence. They take clients out and about and support social activities. Our telephone befrienders make regular phone calls to clients for a friendly chat to help relieve isolation.

Margaret Merritt
The Bradbury Centre
2 Sansome Walk
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR1 1LH

Tel: 01905 723245

South Derbyshire CVS

South Derbyshire CVS runs a befriending service called Connect Befriending which covers the South Derbyshire area and is for any vulnerable adult. South Derbyshire CVS also have the contract to deliver the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, a network of befriending organisations across Derbyshire

Kerrie Fletcher
46-48 Grove Street
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 9DD

Tel: 01283 219761

Sterling Friends Ltd

We provide a well-governed, safe, low cost call befriending service to elderly people. Elderly clients chose and then speak to the same companion three or five times a week forming a long-term, caring relationship. Our companions seek to improve quality of life and independence.

Jon Shaw
20-22 Wenlock Road
London
N1 7GU

Tel: 0330 1330885

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder provides incredible care for people with life changing illness. Whether its bringing comfort to Someones final days or enabling them to make the most of their life, we are here for them and their loved ones.

Jacqui Hookham
Thorpe Road
Longthorpe
X
Peterborough
Cambs
PE3 6LW

Tel: 01733 225900

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff: • Offer information, friendship and advice • Link callers to local groups and services • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter from a volunteer friend.

Moira Gallagher
Trade Tower
Calico Row
Battersea
London
SW11 3UF

Tel: 020 7224 2020

The Silver Line Helpline

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff: • Offer information, friendship and advice • Link callers to local groups and services • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter. Silver Line Friends are volunteers who have contacted The Silver Line because they enjoy talking to older people.

Anthea Beeks
Trade Tower
Calico Row
Battersea
London
SW11 3UF

Tel: 02072242020

Torch Trust

Torch Trust is committed to the inclusion of people with sight loss in all aspects of Christian and church life. We produce accessible resources and also aim to tackle the social isolation experienced especially by those who live alone, through a network of local groups and a programme of holidays.

Julia Hyde
Torch House
Torch Way
Northampton Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 9HL

Tel: 01858438260

VASL Support for Carers Leicestershire

We offer support, advice and information to carers in Leicestershire via a telephone helpline, a website, quarterly forums, 9 support groups around the county and a telephone befriending service run by volunteers to reduce isolation and give carers a listening ear.

Pat Wilkins
Torch House
Torch Way
Northampton Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 9HL

Tel: 08456899510

Vista Befriending Service

Regional charity covering Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland for blind and partially sighted people. The Befriending service trains and matches volunteers to work with people one to one. This could involve going for a walk, staying in for a cup and tea and a chat or sharing a leisure activity together.

Carol Hill
Vista House
1a Salisbury Road
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE1 7QR

Tel: 0116 249 8840/41

Voluntary Action South Leicestershire

Community Champions, working with over 60s will help people find out what’s happening in their neighbourhood, support them to enjoy activities, socialise and make new friends, show them the benefits of the internet, especially if they’re housebound, achieve their personal goals, whatever they may be, and overcome challenges and difficulties by focusing on the positives. Harborough District only.

Rohini Corfield
Torch House
Torch Way
Northampton Road
Market Harborough
Leicestershire
LE16 9HL

Tel: 01858 439262