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Support group

Befriending

About Befriending

Loneliness is a daily reality for 40,000 older people in London. It can be a month before they speak to anyone, with only the radio or television to keep them company. Community Helpers befriending is a free service that uses regular empathetic, personal contact to draw older people out of the pall of loneliness. This befriending service helps with: regular, friendly telephone and face to face contact (befrienders are the warm voices and friendly faces that engage with isolated older people to draw them out of their shell and develop confidence); discovering activities and hobbies (older people are supported to connect with activities and hobbies they like, by providing information on local groups and activities and providing support and encouragement to attend); reconnecting with the community (befrienders can accompany an older person to an activity for the first time to help them settle in or go out with them to a local cafe or for a meal).


Who runs this service

  • Age UK Sutton

Type of service

Support group

Who is this service for?

  • People aged 75+ (65+ if referred via the NHS) living in Sutton can be referred or refer themselves to the service. They must be at risk of or experiencing isolation and can include older people who: have little to no contact with family/friends; living with a long-term health condition, including dementia; have mobility problems and/or sensory impairments; are recently bereaved; live alone; are currently accessing very little or no other services
  • Residents of London Borough of Sutton

Service available

  • For opening times please contact the provider.

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Costs

Please contact the service provider for details of any costs.


Information provided by Alzheimer's Society for the period of 03/08/18 to 21/09/18

Alzheimer's Society