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Befriending services, support and opportunities

What is befriending?

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender often fills a big gap.

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Around the UK there are befriending projects which organise effective support for children and young people, families, people with mental ill-health, people with learning disabilities and older people, amongst many others.

The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.


 

Support in your home

Below are some of the befriending services and options across Bromley

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    This free service is provided by trained and vetted Community Helper volunteers. It is for older people who might feel lonely and socially isolated. Home Visiting - weekly 1:1 visit from a Community Helper for chatting, maybe games, maybe a cuppa! Telephone Befriending - join a Telefriend Circle of people with similar interests or have 1:1 phone calls with a companion from the Community Helper team Out and About - an activity companion will encourage and motivate people to get back out and about in the community for social activities, shopping or outings - whatever's preferred until the person feels confident to do it on their own Telephone: 020 8315 1868

    Bromley Directory

  • MyPad lets you save links to information you have found on MyLife and want to go back to. You can also add your own notes and update them whenever you wish. If you are logged onto your account in MyLife, MyPad will save your links and notes until you delete them. If you are not logged on, the links and notes are saved until you close down MyLife. To create an account, click here.

    Home Visiting Service for the over 50s living in or around Biggin Hill who are living alone, or are isolated or housebound. Regular social visits are made by a volunteer for a chat and perhaps a cup of tea. The volunteer can also help the person they are visiting to be aware of other activities or services that may be of benefit to them. Telephone: 01959 577400

    Bromley Directory

  • MyPad lets you save links to information you have found on MyLife and want to go back to. You can also add your own notes and update them whenever you wish. If you are logged onto your account in MyLife, MyPad will save your links and notes until you delete them. If you are not logged on, the links and notes are saved until you close down MyLife. To create an account, click here.

    Is a registered charity which provides free volunteer support to older people in the borough of Bromley. This can be through shopping, befriending, transport to local places, gardening, basic DIY, and other practical help. Telephone: 07930 955398

    Bromley Directory

  • MyPad lets you save links to information you have found on MyLife and want to go back to. You can also add your own notes and update them whenever you wish. If you are logged onto your account in MyLife, MyPad will save your links and notes until you delete them. If you are not logged on, the links and notes are saved until you close down MyLife. To create an account, click here.

    Our befriending service matches volunteers with clients who have a diagnosis of dementia and are registered with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub. It is a free service, borough-wide.  We have no age restrictions or specific opening hours. Typically our volunteers visit our clients for a couple of hours a week to offer companionship, encouragement and support. Activities, where possible, include shopping trips, a walk in the park etc. Training and support is offered to our volunteers on an ongoing basis. Telephone: 0208 315 1871

    Bromley MyLife

  • MyPad lets you save links to information you have found on MyLife and want to go back to. You can also add your own notes and update them whenever you wish. If you are logged onto your account in MyLife, MyPad will save your links and notes until you delete them. If you are not logged on, the links and notes are saved until you close down MyLife. To create an account, click here.

    Mindful Mums Befriending in Bromley provides pregnant women and new mums with regular, practical, social and listening support on a one-to-one basis. Telephone: 01689 811222

    Bromley Directory

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