b:friend is a charity aiming to reduce loneliness and social isolation in people aged 65 and over. We receive referrals via our website from anyone who may identify a person who would benefit from extra company. Volunteer befrienders visit socially isolated neighbours for an hour a week, hoping to reduce loneliness and make the life of our older neighbours a little happier.
b:friend is a registered charity, funded by the big lottery fund. We run a one to one befriending scheme as well as community social groups.
We receive referrals via our website for people over 65 who would benefit from a little extra company. Referrals can be made by GPs, district nurses, family, anyone who knows of an older person who would benefit from our service. Once a referral has been made we match that person with a volunteer befriender. Befrienders register with us as volunteers via our website. Once registered we meet with volunteer befrienders and they are DBS checked. We pair individuals based on locality and shared interests. Befrienders go on to visit an older neighbour once a week for an hour, in which time they may chat, listen and support someone who may not otherwise receive that company. Each befriender and neighbour receive regular support to ensure both are benefitting from the project.