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Older Persons Befriending Service

Our befriending service aims to reduce the social isolation that may result from getting older. Factors can include a decreasing circle of family and friends; reduced mobility; and a loss of confidence in going out alone.

A befriender coming to visit regularly, to enjoy a cup of tea and to chat together, or perhaps doing an activity together based on shared interests, can help to lift an individual’s mood and bring their sense of confidence back.

The befriender would visit regularly for at least two hours a fortnight, and the person befriended and the person volunteering would decide between themselves when they would meet and what they would do during the visit. 

Gaddum House, 6 Great Jackson Street, Manchester, M15 4AX
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0161 214 3939

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Befriending services offer supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people with mental health problems who would otherwise be socially isolated.
Someone who looks after another, either as a job or often through family responsibilities
Help, support and guidance for people who are wanting to reach out for extra support within the community.
Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the corner of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
A term used for elderly people.