We also offer a Befriending Service, this allows QCCA to combat isolation and loneliness in our local community, this service is provided more to people that don’t get out much and live alone
We get referrals from Adult Social care, The Royal Free hospital, Local GP’s District Nurses, Social Workers, The memory service; we also work with friends, families or indeed self-referrals.
We ask our volunteers to commit to six months when they sign up with us, and most of them stay longer, we do this, so that there is plenty of opportunity and time to develop the friendship between the service user and the Befriender, and we understand that continuity is very important for all concerned
The service we provide is a visit to the home once a week for one hour
We have very reliable volunteers who are the befrienders; they have all had CRB checks, and are monitored by the Older People’s Service Manager regularly
People that we offer this service to, end up making a friend with the befriender, and have something to look forward to when the visit happens on a regular, weekly visit for one hour
A Befriender can just go for a chat over a cup of tea, help with reading, go with people to the doctors or other appointments, or build on someone’s self-esteem, and bring them to the centre to utilise our programmes and have a bit of a social life, by meeting other people who use our facilities
This is a completely new service which we are providing. We are looking to combat loneliness and isolation within the community
We are working in partnership with Adult Social Care, local GP’s, district nurses, the Royal Free hospital and Social workers, who send us referrals, we would also accept self-referral, or from a friend or family member
We have many friendly volunteers who go out once a week for one hour to visit our service users, they build up a friendship over a period of six months, we aim to give people confidence that can’t go out by themselves, and the opportunity if they would like to come and use all our other services that we offer, or the befriender will just visit your home once a week for one hour.
We do have a bank of volunteers that provide their time to become our befrienders
If you need help or advice about this service, please see below for details
All volunteers are CRB checked and we monitor them very closely
If you or anybody you know would like to volunteer to become a befriender, please contact