Age UK Bromley & Greenwich
We take referrals from a variety of social prescribers including GP’s Social Services, NHS clinics the London ambulance service and fire brigade. Clients may self-refer or be referred by family or friends.
Working with trained volunteers, we provide:
Home Visiting: A weekly one to one home visit from a volunteer for a good chat and perhaps a cup of tea
Telephone befriending: A weekly telephone call from a telephone companion
Out and About: A volunteer companion to encourage and motivate clients to get out and about into the community by accompanying to social activities, for a walk or some light shopping until the client feels confident enough to do it alone.
Community Hubs: A place to socialize, make new friends and take part in fun activities.
Information for volunteers
The befriending volunteers connect people and their communities using their life skills, talent, time and energy to make a contribution to the lives of older people. All volunteers are interviewed for suitability and pathway. Referenced and DBS checked followed by induction and training. All volunteers on the befriending service are invited to informal group supervision sessions and are expected to keep monthly contact with the office via client logs.