What is Befriending?

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships with volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated.

K & D Befriending matches volunteer befrienders on a one to one basis with people over 55 who have become socially isolated because of illness, disability or some difficulty or change of circumstance.  Befrienders visit regularly and may undertake activities such as a home visit, a trip out to local place of interest or to access local community facilities, or share hobbies and interests.  Befrienders carry out a purely social role and do not undertake any personal care or domestic duties.    

    The Benefits of Befriending

    Befriending can provide:

    • Emotional and practical support
    • Help to enable people to access community facilities
    • Increased confidence and self esteem
    • Support for carers

    By improving older people’s mental and physical wellbeing befriending contributes to enabling people to remain in their own home longer.