Our Befriending Service is for older people who may feel socially isolated and lonely.
Who is the service for?
Our target client group is the 40% of Lambeth residents aged over 55 who live alone, although some of our clients do live with family.
What does the service do?
Befriending provides a person with a valuable link to the outside world and often acts as a gateway to further support and social activity. We match each client with a suitable volunteer who visits for about an hour a week.
- It allows people to have fun, enjoy social interaction and maintain social skills.
- It reduces loneliness and isolation by encouraging companionship and positive relationships.
- It nurtures communication by allowing people to share worries and concerns, thereby reducing anxiety and depression.
- It identifies potential risks and the onset of medical conditions which can be picked up early thereby reducing the impact on hospital A&E services.
What happens after the referral?
- Our befriending team will process your referral
- You are placed on a waiting list
- You will be contacted by the Befriending Team to make an appointment to visit you for an assessment
- Once you have been assessed the next process will then match you with a volunteer
- The volunteer will then get in touch to arrange a first meeting