Opening Doors

Our Befriending Service is for LGBTQ+ people over 50. We have a telephone befriending service for those in the UK and a face-to-face befriending service for those living in London.

Life can be lonely sometimes – everybody has experienced feeling alone at some point in their lives. But feelings of isolation can be particularly challenging for older people, especially those who are unable to get out and about like they used to. Having someone to spend time with and talk to can make all the difference.

Befriending matches you with a volunteer Befriender for regular social contact, with contact every week or fortnight. Your Befriender and you might:
- go along to social groups and community activities
- go to exhibitions or events
- have a cup of tea and a chat in your home
- friendly telephone call each week on a scheduled day and time

Information for volunteers

The befriending role involves meeting up with someone once a week for around an hour or two. We will match you with someone who is right for you, where you both have similar interests. We will also come with you to your first couple of visits to help you both get to know each other.

As a befriender you might:
- Support your befriendee to attend a social group or outing like one of the events we run each month
- Visit them in their home,
- Go to the cinema with them or for a walk
- Assist with tasks such as making cups of tea, reading and general correspondence if appropriate
- Have a weekly phone call on an agreed day and time each week.


Opening Doors
Opening Doors
Unit 4.1b, Resource For London
356 Holloway Road
N7 6PA

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