There are many elderly people in the community who are not able to live as independently as they would like due to frailty, life limiting illness or poor mobility. As a result, many elderly people in Cheshire, and across the UK, are confined to their homes for large periods of time, where they may rarely see another person. According to Age UK, around 1 million older people in the UK regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone.
St Luke’s groundbreaking ‘Befriending’ service tackles the problem of loneliness by organising volunteer ‘befrienders’ to regularly visit isolated members of the community. Befrienders offer emotional support, companionship and a link to the wider community for those who need it most.
Trained volunteer befrienders are matched with elderly people based on similar interests, hobbies and passions. The befriender visits on a regular basis, usually once a week, to have a chat, cup of tea, or get out in the local community. Each befriending relationship is different and based on the needs and abilities of the pair.
Befriending has a hugely positive impact. Read about Pia Baxter, one of our volunteer befrienders, here.
We currently offer Befriending across Crewe and Nantwich, Mid Cheshire, Alsager and the surrounding villages. If you need more information or would like to volunteer as a befriender, please contact one of our team:
Crewe, Nantwich and Mid Cheshire – Email Catherine Holligan or call 07496 073430
Alsager and District area – Email Lauren Godfrey or call 07496076347