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. The closest organisations will appear below the map after you search. The contact details will show up and if you click on the organisation’s name it will take you to their website. 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
Community Companions befriending is for anyone who is lonely and socially isolated aged 55+, living in Central Bradford or Baildon. They will receive a friendly phone call each week for up to 1 hour, from a trained volunteer. We aim to signpost to other services (local community groups etc.) and will start home visits again once safe to do so.
35 Salem St
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
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
We have a project called Nani Ji which is aimed at first generation Asian women who now live in the Bradford East area. Our aim is to bring people together but because of Covid-19 we are now offering a befriending service for this group. So if you are an Asian woman aged over 50 and would benefit from a weekly chat and would like to know more – get in touch.
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
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.
The Thornbury Centre
Leeds Old Road
Bradford BD3 8JX
Our Befriending Network provides that much needed friendship and social interaction to people 55+ who are experiencing isolation, loneliness and loss. This service is funded by West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership which focuses on reducing health
inequalities. We will match the befriendee to a suitable trained volunteer and they will receive a friendly phone call for up to 12 weeks. We aim to refer/signpost the befriendee to other local services. If you require further information, please get in touch.
Age UK Bradford
75 Wrose Road
Bradford BD18 1HX
We are now at maximum capacity. Please click here Befriending services | Combating loneliness | Age UK to refer to our National Age UK website for befriending services.
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
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. We also provide a befriending service in Heaton, Manningham, Allerton, Frizinghall, and Clayton. Our service is normally for people over 50 yrs, living on their own but we are more flexible during Covid. Currently we offer telephone befriending only from our trained volunteers but in the future we hope to return to home visits if that is preferred, depending on the Covid situation.
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
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.