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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 Rutland: 01572 770 324 Charnwood: 01509 260 327 North West Leicestershire: 01530 460553

Troy Young
Lansdowne House
113 Princess Road East

Tel: 0116 2992233


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
Great Bridge Library
Sheepwash Lane
West Midlands

Tel: 0121 565 3721

C of E

I'm supporting our church in setting up a Befriending Service in collaboration with secular agencies

Revd Gayle Greenway
47 Lincoln Green
West Midlands

Tel: 07753333211

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
Tovey House, Cleppa Park,
Newport, NP10 8BA
NP10 8BA

Tel: 02920815854


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

Tel: 01335 210353

Chemists' Community Fund

The Chemists' Community Fund (working name of the Royal Society of Chemistry Benevolent Fund) assists with grants for members of the Royal Society of Chemistry and their dependents who are in need. Applicants normally must have been members for the last 3 years, or ex-members. Our grants can help towards essential living costs, home maintenance, respite care and household appliances. We offer support in a number of areas including befriending, legal advice, benefits advice and counselling.

Anna Dearden
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House
Science Park

Tel: 01223432227

Community Action Bolsover

We offer an informal befriending service whereby neighbours offer a free Service to elderly, frail, disabled, or housebound neighbours. Our Volunteers offer assistance with small everyday jobs such as; fetching small amounts of shopping, walking the dog, giving a lift to appointments, accompanying people on appointments or shopping trips etc.

Elsa MacPherson
4 Station Road
S44 6BE

Tel: 7870208866

Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group

DGLG provides assistance and information to the Gypsy community in Derbyshire. DGLG also has close relationships with local authorities and services.We have just received Quality Accreditation to the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network. We offer support to Romany Gypsy, Irish Travellers and Showpeople who may not have had or survive their children and do not live on a site or close to their community. Main focus is on elders who have been carers most of their lives themselves.

Siobhan Spencer
1-3 Ladygrove Mill
Ladygrove Road
Two Dales
Nr Matlock

Tel: 01629732744

Happy at Home Partnership, Daventry Volunteers

Happy at Home provides a lifeline to lonely, isolated older people across West Northants, supporting people to live happily, healthily, safely and independently in their homes for as long as possible. Each older person will be matched with a befriender volunteer, building a relationship and individualised support e.g. signposting, trips, paperwork, shopping. We recruit, support and train volunteers who build relationships with older people and in doing so strengthen their communities.

Nicola Toms
The New Street Centre
13 New Street
NN11 4BT

Tel: 01327 300614

Independent Age

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

Jeanette Bates
18 Avonmore Road
W14 8RR

Tel: 02076054233

Learning for the Fourth Age

Learning for the Fourth Age believes you are never too old to learn. We work to improve wellbeing through learning, providing one to one and/or group learning opportunities to older people in the comfort of their own surroundings, be that in their own home, sheltered housing or a care home.\r\nWe offer a personalised service tailored around the individual interests of the older person, matching them with a suitable volunteer for weekly learning sessions.\r\nAvailable Leicester & Leicestershire only.

Fiona Smith
9 Knighton Park Road

Tel: 07933 109630

Leicester Western Ward Linking Lives

We are a church led befriending service for all socially isolated and lonely adults, over 60 years old, in the Western Ward of Leicester. We will share the love of God through the gift of friendship. We aim to reduce loneliness one friendship at a time. Our volunteers are from the local area and all are welcome to volunteer - appropriate checks will be made to maintain safety of both friends and volunteers.

Sarah Tavener
c/o 22 Triumph Road

Tel: 07465431585

Macmillan Cancer Support

Support for people living with cancer

Tina Morrow
3rd Floor
132 Rose Street

Tel: 07455765844

North Buckinghamshire Patient Support Service

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

Keith Hofgartner
Avenue Road
MK18 3DW

Tel: 01296713434

Old Hall Peoples Partnership

Old Hall People’s Partnership was established in the 90’s and registered as a charity in 2000. We run holistic programmes and activities from four sites all aimed at improving the lives of local people, including: • Two charity shops • Pass It On Furniture Re-cycling Project • Spadework Gardening Service • Community Cafe • Bentley Community Library • Domestic Cleaning Service • Benefits and Money Advice • Lunch Clubs • Sports Hall Hire • Meeting/Conference facilities • Pocket Park

Denise Birkett
Wing Close
West Midlands

Tel: 01922 474682

Paces sheffield

The aim of a Conductive Education programme is to help the learner with physical and associated learning difficulties, learn to develop their physical (motor) and learning skills with a focus on self-care to become independent. The programme is designed for children and adults with cerebral palsy or similar conditions ie. physical and learning difficulties due to a neurological cause. It is known as Conductive Education. Paces are developing Families4Families befriending service.

Vicki Clarry
paces campus
Packhorse lane
south yorkshire
S35 3HY

Tel: 01142 844488

Peterborough Association for the Blind

We are a registered charity dedicated to helping visually impaired people and their carers find the right level of support and to help them maintain their quality of life. We already support and provide services to around 350 members, Isolation and loss of confidence often accompanies the trauma of losing your sight. Through our activities, we aim to help individuals regain their confidence and feel less isolated so that they can take a more active part in the community.

Jodie Insley
68b Westgate

Tel: 01733 344844

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

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.

Catherine Stokowska
The Bradbury Centre
2 Sansome Walk

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
DE11 9DD

Tel: 01283 219761

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

Tel: 01733 225900

Tailored Befriending

I offer private Befriending services in around the Leicestershire area .

Amanda Tailor
17 lodge road
Le8 8bx

Tel: 07814153715

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
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
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
LE16 9HL

Tel: 01858438260

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
LE16 9HL

Tel: 01858 439262