Befriending Scheme

What is Bridges Befriending?

Bridges befriending is a wellbeing project that links local volunteer befrienders with people who require a little company. Our befrienders visit an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or to go out for a walk. Our coordinators take time to get to know both befrienders and beneficiaries, and aim to match people based on interests or experiences.

Who can receive support?
The scheme supports individuals over 65 who have become socially isolated. People become isolated and may feel lonely for a range of reasons, both medical and age related. Our aim is to provide a ‘friend’ who will visit on a regular basis in order to improve the wellbeing of both beneficiary and volunteer.

How can people contact us?

Individuals can refer themselves to us, or can be referred by family or friends. We also receive referrals from local agencies and medical professionals.

You can start this process by completing our online form:Link. We will then arrange to visit to discuss befriending.

Befriending can make a big difference to individual volunteers as well as the people we befriend.
We all appreciate feeling valued and useful and it is rewarding to see the difference a little time and kindness can make. Volunteers are provided with training to prepare them for their role and are given on-going support from our coordinators. We aim to provide a quality and rewarding volunteering experience that fits your lifestyle.


Bridges Befriending runs on ‘volunteer power’ …we always welcome new volunteers! Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people and learning new skills through doing something worthwhile. Volunteering can also help build confidence and gain access to training or employment. A small amount of volunteer time given can make a big difference to someone who needs a little company or help to remain independent and connected.