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Befriending: Addressing loneliness
Collectively, our volunteers gave close to 7000 hours, visiting some of Peabody’s most vulnerable residents.
A two-hour weekly visit from a volunteer can make all the difference to lonely older people and those experiencing isolation, some of whom have very limited contact with friends and family.
Collectively, our volunteers spent close to 7000 hours visiting some of Peabody’s most vulnerable residents, including older people, those living with disabilities and people experiencing mental health issues.
Our befrienders spend time chatting during home visits, and help residents to get out and about in the local community, make other friends, get to appointments and access local services.
She took me to an appointment with Citizens Advice Bureau and helped me understand what was being said. She has also offered to take me to hospital appointments that I can't get to in the future. I’m in a wheelchair and can’t travel on my own so it’s difficult for me to get out sometimes. My Befriender has treated me as a normal person, and helped me to live like a normal person too.”
Debbie said: “I’ve always wanted to volunteer for a worthwhile cause but never had the time. Now that my children have grown up and left home, I have some spare time to give. I’ve been befriending Danny for the last six months.
I really love seeing the smile on his face as I walk through the door. It gives me a real sense of personal fulfilment. It’s a great feeling, making a difference to someone’s life which is why I would recommend it to others who have some spare time on their hands.”
Find out how to become a volunteer befriender