Reducing isolation and loneliness by developing positive relationships and networks in the community.

What we do

“…such a valuable service, just seeing someone once a week or so when we wouldn’t usually have much contact, my befriender has been such a support and a good friend.”

The aim of Engage Befriending is to alleviate loneliness and social isolation by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to befriend isolated people in their community.

We currently provide:

Befriending – enabling people who are isolated and alone to to overcome barriers to social connections through the support of a volunteer befriender.  To find out how to refer someone to us, click here.

Monthly newsletter – a chatty and informative newsletter to our service users.  To read our last few newsletters, click here.

Host a monthly coffee morning for our service users and volunteers.  To find out more, click here.

How to

Make a referral

Would someone you know benefit from a befriender?

Become a befriender

Could you volunteer a small amount of time to make a big difference?

Make a donation

Want to support our work through giving?

Last year…

We supported over 112 clients with 58 volunteers, providing 3,432 hours of support. 

96% of clients said they felt less isolated since being introduced to their befriender.

The Engage project is funded by a variety of organisations including:

Latest News

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