Bfriend

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Bfriend is a charity aiming to reduce social isolation in people aged over 65. Voluteer befrienders commit to spend an hour a week with someone who may benefit from more company. Prior to the pandemic this would involve popping over for a cuppa and a chat each week but, over the last year volunteers this has consisted of doorstep visits and telephone/facetime calls. bfriend aims to bring the community together and focuses on connection. A phone call once a week, dropping off essentials at the door or a 30 minute walk in the park can have a transformational impact on wellbeing.

Referrals can be made through the encrypted website at https://cloud.letsbfriend.org.uk/make-referral/bfriend/

Volunteers will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and must be aged over 18. Referrals are open referrals so can be made by friends, family, self referrals, health and social care teams.

Referral criteria: people aged over 65, live alone, no diagnosis of dementia.

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