Befriending Project

Visiting a lonely older person is generally a very rewarding experience. You will make friends, getting to know his or her background and possibly some local history, and spend time chatting, drinking tea, playing cards or sharing hobbies. You will be welcomed and appreciated. It is also an opportunity to gain valuable experience and training for further work in the social field.

This role involves visiting an elderly person - 'befriendee' - at home for a minimum of one hour per week for at least 3 months (preferably 3-6 months). You may also promote independence by either assisting with occasional outings or referring to appropriate services/activities supported by staff.

If you are unable to make home visits, you could also befriend by telephone from our office or maybe from home. There are also opportunities to help befriendees get out and about by taking them for a walk or a drive.


Essential: trustworthy, reliable, good listener.

Desirable: experience of working with elderly, experience visiting private homes, volunteer experience.


  • DBS check required
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

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Cardigan House
Ferncliffe Road
West Yorkshire
BD16 2TA

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