I want a befriender.
The primary aim of befriending is to enhance the quality of a person’s life by offering them the opportunity to form a trusting relationship.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a befriending scheme in every area of Bradford. Please check the boxes below to see if there is a scheme in your area. Each organisation is funded differently, has different referral criteria and offers different types of befriending. These may range from telephone befriending, home visits or outings etc. It is best to contact the organisation nearest to you and enquire directly what they are currently able to offer. Some organisations also offer services other than befriending, such as social or activity groups.
We strive to keep this page updated but services may sometimes be effected by Covid guidelines, volunteer numbers and funding restrictions.
If you want a befriender or you are a family member or professional, please check the listings below to find the organisation closest to your area. The contact details will show up and if you click on the organisation’s name it will take you to their website or you can contact them directly using the details provided.
131 Grattan Road
Phone: 01274 900764
At Hope Housing we know that positive friendships can make such a difference when people are going through hard times. Befrienders make a key difference in our vulnerable clients’ lives and help to prevent people losing tenancies. Befrienders will work with people who are vulnerably housed and living in accommodation provided by Hope Housing.
28 Manor Row
Phone: 01274 730815
Community Companions befriending is for anyone who is lonely/ socially isolated, aged 18+ and living across Bradford District (Bradford, Craven, Airedale and Wharfedale). They will receive face-to-face support each week for up to 1 hour, from a trained volunteer. The aim is to support individuals experiencing loneliness, social isolation, anxiety and depression to access local community groups, activities and services.
35 Salem St
Phone: 01274 952200
Telephone Befriending Service.
Just because you have to stay at home it doesn’t mean you should be lonely or isolated. ‘Together Talks’ Telephone Befriending Service has registered friendly volunteers who are ready to give you a call and chat about interests and hobbies or just provide a listening ear. By registering with Together Talks, we will match you with a Volunteer Telephone Befriender who will contact you at an agreed convenient time to have a friendly conversation over the phone.
Bradford and District Live at Home Scheme
Carlisle Business Centre
Carlisle Rd, Bradford
Phone: 01274 397302
Bradford and District Live at Home Scheme (MHA) supports older people over 55 years looking for a befriender in the following areas Wibsey, Clayton, Great Horton, Undercliffe and Bolton. They have a range of other services that could be of interest to older people.
Bradford BD3 0DW
Phone: 01274 200589
We are no longer able to offer telephone befriending however you are most welcome to call us to find out about the opportunities we do offer. These include a walking group, an exercise class, ESOL Classes, a Day Centre for over 55s and much more.
Phone: 0800 304 7411
We know that little things can make a big difference – like having someone to chat to over a cup of tea, help you get to an appointment or just be there to listen when you need a friendly ear.
That’s where our Marie Curie Helper service comes in. We’ll match you with a trained, dedicated Helper volunteer who will visit you at home, go out with you somewhere or talk to you over the phone.
St John’s Bowling Hub
We provided activities for over 55’s, including a Befriending service run by volunteers. Offering friendship, support and conversation through the week.
Scholemoor Beacon Befriending
Scholemore Community Centre
Bradford West Yorkshire BD7 2RJ
Phone: 01274 522231/ 07458 303667
We offer a telephone befriending service for people who feel lonely and isolated and live in Scholemoor and surrounding area. It is aimed at people who would prefer to talk in Urdu or Punjabi. If want to refer yourself or are a professional who is working with someone that you think would benefit from a weekly friendly phone call, then please get in touch.
Healthy Lifestyle Solutions (HLS)
319 Tong St
Bradford BD4 9QY
Phone: 01274 685449
Healthy Lifestyle Solutions (HLS) has recently started a befriending project and offers one to one and group befriending in the Tong Ward and the area covered by Community Partnership 9. They will look at people on an individual basis depending on need.
Royds Community Association
Royds Enterprise Park Future Fields
Bradford BD6 3EW
Phone: 01274 355600
Befriending Service is designed to provide companionship for lonely and isolated people in their homes through regular telephone befriending or befriending visits when applicable. It also provides an opportunity to develop new friendship between befrienders and befriendees. The project is linked to a team of Social Prescribers who can signpost and make referrals for other support needs when the need arises.
West Yorkshire BD18 3QX
Phone: 01274 271088
Fax: 01274 710843
Shipley Area Links Befriending has now CLOSED. However, HALE offers a range of older people’s groups and activities. We also provide the Shipley Well Being Hub and Social Prescribers linked to many GP practices across Bradford. See our website for details.
CareLink Befriending Scheme
Action Point Community Support Services
23 Temple Row
Keighley BD21 2AH
Phone: 01535 609506
Carelink provides Befriending services and individual support for people feeling socially isolated or lonely in the Keighley district. Trained volunteers are available for a regular, friendly chat, either face-to-face or by telephone for up to an hour each week. Volunteers can also provide support to help with dog walking, shopping, or to go for a walk. Some services are subject to local and national restrictions and may be on hold until circumstances allow.
Carelink staff support volunteers in their roles as well as support people who are referred to us and who may have more complex needs.
Carelink staff will contact anyone who is referred to discuss the service and the individual’s needs. People are matched with their own volunteer for companionship for as long as they need the service. The service is free and is funded by The National Lottery and Bradford council.
Ilkley and District Good Neighbours
Ilkley LS29 9LU
Phone: 01943 603348
Ilkley and District Good Neighbours offers a 1 to 1 befriending service for older people in Ilkley, Addingham, Burley in Wharfedale and Menston. They also have several other services for the benefit of older people.