created by Rachel Stacey published on 10 August 2017

Age UK Teesside are seeking volunteer befrienders to visit older people living in Hartlepool who have been identified as lonely and/or socially isolated.  Just one hour per week can make a very big difference to an older person's outlook on life and visibly improves their mental wellbeing. 

"There is a really, important need for this service.  Often people who may be older and isolated will use other public services and, the sad truth is, that loneliness is a killer.  It leads to mental health issues."  Anne Sykes, CEO, Age UK Teesside

As a volunteer, you will offer friendship to an older person aged 65+, which may include:

  • Visiting them at home for a chat and a cuppa
  • Assisting with small daily tasks 
  • Accompany clients for walks out
  • Assist clients with trips to the shops

By donating an hour or two of your time each week you could offer companionship to an older person and make a huge difference in their lives. 

If you are interested in becoming an Age UK Teesside Befriender, please complete the attached application form and email it to lee.russell@ageukteesside.org.uk

Alternatively, you can contact Lee Russell, Befriending Services Coordinator on 07808 306184.

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