Befriending Services

The ‘Gateway to Friendship’ Befriending Project built on the work previously developed by Age UK Lindsey and reach out to lonely, isolated, struggling and vulnerable over 50s in targeted areas of the local East Lindsey Community. The project offered one-to-one support and friendship to over 50s, who lived alone and felt isolated and lonely, signposting to additional help such as Information and Advice if the need was identified.

The majority of older people were visited at home, for a chat and a cup of tea, but the idea was that if client’s were able to leave their home then they were encouraged to engage with social activity groups, such as Lunch Clubs or TED activities where they could meet other people and make new friends. If they needed additional support they were signposted to other services.

The idea of the home visits was to provide a gateway for more interaction and to meet new people and the project increased the number of hours of befriending delivered, the number of volunteers involved in the delivery of befriending and the number of clients signposted to social group activities in East Lindsey or to further support. Loneliness is a growing issue for older people. Over half of people aged 75 and over live alone, and 1 in 10 people aged 65 or over say they are always or often feel lonely – Age UK

Mission Statement: To help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for older people and address the causes of loneliness, isolation and poverty.

For more information please contact Lin Wood:

Phone: 01507 524242

Email: befriending@ageuklindsey.co.uk

Through funding received through TED our Befriending Service has been able to coordinate befriending for clients in East Lindsey signposting to other organisations and services as appropriate.

The befriending toolkit can be found here.

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