“I felt helpless before having Good Neighbours. Thank you very much for your willing & friendly assistance”
“Thank you for introducing me to the luncheon club: I really love meeting the friends I have made there”
“You make many lives more meaningful: sincere thanks”
“Having a volunteer with me gives me confidence. He is so friendly”
“I’ve always been very grateful for the help and kindness received from your volunteers – they couldn’t be nicer!”
“I would not be able to attend the hospital if it were not for your valuable team”
“It has given me something and someone to look forward to: my volunteer has been lovely”
“I really look forward to seeing my volunteer, she’s like a good friend. We have a laugh which cheers me up”
“Life could be very difficult without your service”
Caring befrienders change lives
We change people’s lives by offering:
Regular home visits from trained befriending volunteers
For those who are lonely or housebound with fewer than 2 unpaid visitors a week, a regular visit from a friendly volunteer can provide that vital link to the outside world.
Trained, vetted and supported volunteers offer cheerful company, a listening ear and, maybe, the opportunity to play a game of scrabble or do a puzzle together.
Support to access suitable activities in the community
We could introduce you to a local lunch club, cinema club, choir, computer class or even a Wii fit session!
Short term practical support to encourage independence
We could offer short term help such as shopping and aim to offer flexible support in any way we can to encourage you back to independence.
A befriender alongside for important appointments
You don’t need to be alone: our volunteers can accompany you, explain things to you and even make notes, if you’d like them to, and then discuss things with you when you get back home.
Emotional support for life’s difficult moments
With your permission we can also liaise on your behalf with Social Services and other agencies or charities. Our volunteers could provide the moral support you need to get things sorted and the office staff are always on hand* to offer information.