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

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

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