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Befriend An Older Person

Based in Woking, Surrey, our Visiting Friends service can help you feel more connected to the world around you.

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Life wouldn’t be so good without Jan’s regular visits. I know that I can ring her any time if I have a problem – she is such a good friend.

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Visiting Friends Befriending Service

We are more likely to experience loneliness as we get older as our circumstances change and we don’t have people to call on as much as we used to. Loneliness can have a devastating impact on our lives, but there are many ways we can make sure we stay connected with the people and communities around us as we get older.

If you’re experiencing loneliness, or know someone who is, our Visiting Friends befriending service could help.

Old friends dwindle and you begin to feel very isolated. To know that someone remembers you is very reassuring.

Befriending beneficiary

Who is eligible?

Visiting Friends is a high-quality volunteer home visiting service for:

  • People who live alone in the Woking area.
  • People over 60, who have little contact with family or friends.If you are looking for befriending in other areas, we suggest contacting The Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90 or Independent Age on 0800 319 6789, both of which offer telephone befriending services.

Sincere thanks to Woking Borough Council for their ongoing support of our Visiting Friends service. It's a real pleasure to work in partnership with them to make a real difference to the lives of many older people who are lonely and often isolated living in Woking.

Sandra, Manager

What do Visiting Friends volunteers do?

Just like a true friend, our volunteers will take time to listen to you and share life’s ups and downs – chatting about current affairs, listening to your news or just discussing the weather.

As your friendship with your volunteer grows, you may find life looks more interesting again. If you have lived alone for many years, you may also find your confidence returns as your volunteer helps you get out and about in your local community.

How can I find out more?

Are you interested in befriending an elderly person or just finding out more about the service, please email us at hello@fote.org.uk or call us on 0330 332 1110.

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