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.”
Engage works to alleviate loneliness and social isolation by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to befriend isolated people in their community.
Engage currently runs two programmes:
Engage Befriending – enabling older people to overcome barriers to social connections through the support of a volunteer befriender.
Engage Wellbeing – enabling adults to make positive choices to maintain or improve emotional and mental wellbeing through the support of a volunteer befriender.
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?
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We supported over 103 clients with 92 volunteers, providing 5,356 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:
Our Impact Statement for 2022 – thank you to all those who have supported us
The Mustard Tree Foundation Impact Report for 2022
January 2023 newsletter – now available to download
Happy Christmas and a peace-filled new year