Tandridge Befriending Scheme provides friendship and companionship to those who are lonely or isolated.
Loneliness comes about as result of many factors – and not everyone has family or friends to fall back on or talk to. Those who are housebound due to illness or disability may not be able to take part in social activities or keep in contact with others in the same way. Confidence and self-esteem can be hugely affected by life changes such as bereavement or loss.
The valued Tandridge Befriending Scheme has been running in the district since 2001. It relies on committed volunteer befrienders to make the scheme possible; they are reason so many wonderful and positive friendships are made. Referrals to the Befriending Scheme come from a number of sources, including health and social services, local voluntary sector organisations, friends, family and individuals who are seeking support.
Is Befriending something you could do?
- Do you enjoy helping others?
- Would you like to ‘make a difference’ to someone’s life?
- Do you like a chat and listening to others?
- Do you enjoy company and meeting new people?
- Do you have an hour a week to spare?
If you would like to find out more about how the scheme could be of benefit to you, or how you could help others, please contact the Tandridge Befriending Scheme Co-ordinator or complete and return this form to firstname.lastname@example.org:
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Volunteer Befrienders tell us..
“J is a real true friend, kind and thoughtful. I don’t know what I would do without her. I look forward to Monday every week – if I didn’t see J, I wouldn’t see anyone”
“I am 84 years of age and have been a widower for just over 9 years. I have no family and have often felt lonely and socially isolated. I have limited mobility and therefore am unable to go out much. The 2 hours a week of company has made all the difference to me”
“X has major health issues and is in pain – my time spent with her is just for us. I am there because I want to be. It is not my job”
“X gets very anxious. She lives alone and is housebound. I enjoy her company - she is a very intelligent lady. I love the stories of her childhood during the war. She would be very lonely is she did not have anyone that she could view as an actual friend”
“The friend I have is a very special person. Our conversations are meaningful and we have a lot of fun covering many subjects. She is kind and helpful and I do not like the thought of losing her”
“I have a lot of friends and would hate to be on my own so just visiting someone who is on their own makes me feel good. To form a new friendship makes me feel I am doing something worthwhile”
“This young lady has now become a friend. She has learnt to trust me and has opened up. Her medical conditions prevent her from living on her own. She now suggests activities when she is well and not in hospital and I hope that I am helping her with her depression and self-esteem”
The Befriending scheme is supported by funding from: