About our Befrienders

Befriender Checks

All our befrienders are subject to Criminal Record Bureau checks to ensure they are suitable to work within our befriending programme.

Concerns About A Befriender

If a client or contact has a concern about a befriender then they should contact the Project Co-Ordinator on 01977 277119.

Befriender Training

All befrienders are required to complete an application form, then they have an interview. If they are acceptable then they will have to go through our own training programme.

Befreinder Boundaries

Befreinders are NOT all owed to accept money, give medication, undertake any kind of personal care like washing or toileting or become involved in family disputes.

Befriender Support

Our Befriending service and it's befrienders are all managed and supported by a Project Co-ordinator.

Befreinder Monitoring

Because we want to maintain a high standard we may from time to time ask our befreindees about the quality of service they have enjoyed.

Home Visiting Service

Our Befriending Service is a free service that is aimed at reducing social isolation among the older members of our community through personal contact and friendship

Our volunteer befrienders will visit their befriendee once a week. Our befriending service is not a substitute for professional services and our staff cannot offer medical advice or domestic services or provide personal care like washing, cleaning, giving medication But they can provide a listening ear, a friendly face, or someone who will just call in for a cuppa and a chat. They may be able to point you in the right direction of the appropriate agencies if you require additional help or support. If you would like someone to telephone you or call in and chat to you about our befriending service then contact us on 01977 277119 or message us using the form on our contact page.

Becoming a Befriender

Becoming a friend can make a difference in someone's life. It can reduce lonliness, increase confidence, improve a person's emotional wellbeing as well as increase community participation but it requires a special kind of person ... Are you that person ?

Are you a good listener? Do you have a caring nature? Are you respectful and reliable? can you be trusted? All these different skills plus many more are required if you are to become a befriender and part of the Community Care Network Team.

If you possess any of the skills required to become a Befriender then there are many different ways you can apply. You can contact our Project Co-Ordinator on 01977 277119 or you can email us and ask for an application form, alternatively you can download an application form by clicking HERE.

The Community Care Network Befreinding Service is a free service aimed at reducing social isolation through personal contact and friendship. All our volunteers are CRB checked and trained in order to provide the best service possible.

Friendship Calling Service

Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you’re used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly chat on the phone can make all the difference.

A Friendship Call is a weekly phone call (lasting normally around 20 minutes) from a trained and supported corporate volunteer. A Good Day Call is a short call several times a week, at a time that suits you best, for an initial period of 8 weeks. This can provide a little reassurance when people most need it - for example, if an older person has experienced a recent bereavement or just come out of hospital. Both of these services are free and funded by St Luke's Church and will not cost you anything. If you are interested or know someone who would benefit then please call us on 01977 277119 or message us using the form on our contact page .