Are you a good listener, patient and interested in people, have you got a skill or gift that you would like to share with others. Can you make a regular commitment to befriend an individual or group of people who might be isolated and feel lonely.
As a volunteer befriender you can expect:
- Comprehensive Induction training covering a range of topics including the role of a befriender, safeguarding, boundaries, health and safety
- Ongoing training including end of life care, dementia awareness and practical skills
- Payment of out of pocket expenses
- Be fully insured for your volunteering
- Meet others and make new friends
- Have fun
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender with one of the organisations in the Network then please contact them directly through the links below. Please look at the address and postcode of the organisations to find the closest organisation to you. You can email them to express your interest or call for a chat and further information. You do not necessarily have to befriend where you live.
131 Grattan Road
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.
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.
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.
Royds Community Association
Royds Enterprise Park Future Fields
Bradford BD6 3EW
Royds 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.
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.
The HALE Project
West Yorkshire BD18 3QX
HALE provides a befriending service in the Shipley area, including Saltaire, Nabwood, Windhill, Wrose and Baildon. Our service is for people over 50 yrs, living on their own who feel isolated and lonely. Due to demand we only offer face to face befriending for people who are most isolated. We offer telephone befriending and HALE has social groups and activities for more mobile people to join and widen their social contacts.
Community Action Bradford and District (CABAD)
Bingley BD16 2TA
Community Action Bradford and District (CABAD) Bingley section offers a befriending service to lonely or isolated people over 50 in Bingley and Bingley Rural ward including Eldwick, Cottingley, Crossflatts, Harden, Gilstead, Wilsden and Cullingworth. This was first launched in 2009, is funded by the Lottery Community Fund and is part of Shipley Area Links Befriending, in partnership, with HALE. Our befriending quality standards are recognised by NCVO and we are members of national Befriending Networks. Currently under Covid restrictions, we offer telephone befriending.
CareLink Befriending Scheme
Action Point Community Support Services
23 Temple Row
Keighley BD21 2AH
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.