Providing a listening ear, visiting regularly and making someone feel valued through befriending is one way to improve the lives of people who feel lonely and can help with some of the barriers that cause social isolation, for example, disability, frailty and lack of confidence.
“Peter is a good friend and he never lets me down. He still comes every Saturday and it’s nice because if i am up to it, he takes me out for a pub lunch. It does me good.”
We now know that, the effect of loneliness and isolation can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is more damaging than obesity.
Not only does the befriendee benefit but it is also really great for volunteers as well.