Good Neighbours Befriending

Good Neighbours Befriending aims to enhance the quality of life of individual people, usually 70 years and older, by offering a trusting friendship which can reduce isolation and may enable the beneficiary to participate in new activities, widening their horizons.

Working in partnership with other agencies locally, Befriending hopes to enhance the quality of life for older people in Addingham, Burley in Wharfedale, Ilkley, and Menston.




Reducing isolation in Wharfedale


Older people may become increasingly isolated at home, particularly when their physical or mental health deteriorates, when relatives move away or a loved one has died. Befriending volunteers can play an invaluable role in offering friendship, reducing isolation, providing stimulation and building confidence.


Befriending volunteers can offer to build up a rapport and listen to concerns, hopes, dreams and take an interest in their personal interests by providing:

  • Companionship to an individual older person living in their own home
  • Company and conversation, sharing a 'cuppa', reading or writing letters
  • Short-term support in the form of picking up prescriptions, library books, etc.  
  • If appropriate, accompanying on a short walk or local trip out

The Good Neighbours Befriending co-ordinator matches volunteers to befriend older people who feel isolated and lonely.  All volunteers are Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked and are required to provide references to support their application. They are given training and an induction prior to the volunteer being matched and the co-ordinator provides support and advice where needed.

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How does the scheme work?


If you think our scheme can help, you can refer yourself, or, through another such as neighbour, family, social worker or health worker.  After referral, you will be visited by the co-ordinator and an assessment is made and the Befriending service is discussed.  If appropriate the co-ordinator then matches you with a volunteer who will visit you regularly in your own home.  If required, we can help you integrate with a local social group or signpost you to other community groups if other help and support is needed.

We do not help with domestic chores, deal with finances or provide personal care. Our befriending service is free. There may be expenses associated with trips out.



For more information about Good Neighbours Befriending, whether seeking friendship or interested in becoming a Befriending volunteer please get in touch by calling us on 01943 603348 or seeing our How to Contact us page for location details.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 09:11