Rossendale Befriending Service

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Befriending Service – Rossendale

Brief Description
The Rossendale Befriending service aims to reduce social isolation for people in Rossendale and if applicable their partners or carers by arranging a visit by a volunteer befriender.

The scheme works by matching each person (Befriendee) with a volunteer befriender who will visit regularly to provide some company and in some cases, assistance with accessing particular interest groups or sources of support. All of the Befriendee’s are assessed by the Befriending Co-ordinator who will take care to match them with a volunteer who is able to meet their needs. All Volunteers undergo thorough background and reference checks and receive relevant induction training.

Visits are arranged to suit the needs of the Volunteer Befriender and the Befriendee and as such can be carried out from Monday to Sunday during daytimes and evenings. The service is not intended to be long term and in most cases will form a link to a wider network of social support.

Who is eligible
The service is for people who are registered with a Rossendale GP Practice and also meet one or more of the following criteria:-
•Be aged 75 or over
•Have a life limiting illness or
•Have a long term condition which significantly affects daily living

How to request a Befriender
The service operates on an open referral system which means that people can self-refer or be referred by family, friends or providers of health and social care.

Referrals can be made in person at Rossendale Hospice, over the telephone, by using the downloadable referral form on their website or by faxing or posting a completed referral form. It is important that the person being referred is made aware of the referral.

Applications forms can be downloaded from the Hospice website, picked up from the Hospice or by contacting:-

The Befriending Co-ordinator
Tel: 01706 253648
Mobile: 07528 753085
Email: Amy.O’

Location & Map
Rossendale Hospice
New Cribden House
Rossendale PHCC
161 Bacup Road

Click here for  a location map

Opening Hours
The Hospice is open from 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday

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