Age UK Hull

The Befriending service aims to reduce loneliness for people aged 50 or over, by providing regular contact at a time which is convenient to the person.

Telephone Befriending Service
The Telephone Befriending service aims to reduce loneliness for people aged 50 or over, by providing a regular telephone call at a time which is convenient to the person. The regular telephone call allows the person to enjoy general conversation on subjects that interest them. The telephone calls are made from Age UK Hull by Telephone Befriending Volunteers. Each Volunteer receives training on telephone befriending and listening skills.

Home Visiting Befriending Service
The Home Visiting Befriending Service is a project that takes place within Hull and the East Riding offering face to face support to older individuals who are housebound in the comfort of their own home. Our trained volunteers are matched to the service user and provide regular friendship visits with the aim of reducing the feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Please note if you would like to refer someone to the Home Befriending Service you need to complete BOTH forms below.

Penpal Befriending
Penpal Befriending is now available across Hull & East Yorkshire to match older members of our community with pen friends who have common interests or simply share that feeling of excitement when a handwritten letter is posted through the door! We are currently looking for older people to join Penpal Befriending as well as volunteers who would like to write back. If you are feeling lonely or perhaps just love to chat and meet new people, then this service may be a great opportunity for you. Letters will be sent monthly into the Age UK Hull office and we will act as the go-between. Writing sets are also available for those who may need them.

Information for volunteers

We are looking for friendly, caring people to engage with older individuals who may be experiencing feelings of social isolation. The interactions make a real difference for someone who may not have much company from day to day. Loneliness among older people is becoming a greater issue. The befriending service provides regular, friendly home visits, telephone calls or letters which helps reduce feelings of isolation and rebuild confidence. These allow the older person to enjoy general conversation on subjects that interest them and help prevent the feelings of loneliness.

Contact

Natalie Spikings
Age UK Hull
Silvester House
Silvester Street
HU1 3HA

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