Befriending is a supported friendship between two people: a trained volunteer and a friend (befriendee). Befriending is offered to alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness, resulting from a lack of opportunity to meet people for social contact, make friends and have someone to talk to.
Isolation and loneliness can affect anyone for many different reasons – family living at a distance, experience of bereavements, or frail health restricting lifestyle and activities. Befriending provides safe, reliable, one-to-one friendly social contact which brings companionship, interest and fun and adds social normality to a person’s life.
Anyone who is over 65 who is lonely or isolated and lives in Bridge of Don, Dyce, Bucksburn or Kingswells can be referred for a befriender. A person can refer themselves or be referred by a relative, friend, neighbour or by a professional e.g. doctor, nurse, a link practitioner or care manager.
Referring is simple – you can phone us on 01224 712808 and we will complete a referral form over the phone. Alternatively, we can send you a referral form by post or email, or you can download one here and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org