b:friend is a charity supporting older people dealing with loneliness and social isolation. We support isolated older people with a volunteer befriender who commits to visiting them once a week for a cuppa and a natter to reduce their feelings of loneliness and help them feel more connected to their community. Our befriending is not time limited. We also offer telephone befriending.

All our volunteers are required to complete an enhanced DBS check which is supported by the charity.

We also host weekly social clubs across South Yorkshire and Chesterfield.

Thurnscoe - Monday's 10am - Noon @ The Rainbow Centre, Houghton Rd. Thurnscoe. S63 0JY
Chesterfield - Mondays 10.30 - 12.00 @ Chesterfield Library. New Beetwell St. Chesterfield S40 1QN (volunteer led, every other Monday)
Thorne - Tuesday's 10am - Noon @ Thorne Older Person's Welfare Centre, Church Rd. Thorne. DN8 5BE.
Maltby - Tuesday's 10am  - Noon @ Maltby Library (in the leisure Centre), High St, Maltby. S66 8JE
Bolton-Upon-Dearne - Wednesday's 10am - Noon,@ St Andrews Community Centre, St Andrew's Sq. Bolton. S63 8BA
Gleadless - Wednesday's 13.30 - 15.30 @ Gleadless Methodist Church Hall, Gleadless Rd. Sheffield. S12 2LJ
Askern - Wednesday's 13.30 - 15.30. Norbreck Rd Communal Hall, Norbreck Rd, Askern. DN6 0PE
Balby - Thursdays 13.00 - 15.00 @ Evanston Gardens Communal Hall, Evanston Gardens.Balby DN4 0PX
East Dene (Rotherham) -  Thursday's 13.00 - 15.00 @ Mowbray Gardens Library, Herringthorpe Valley Rd. Rotherham. S65 2UH.
Wheatley Hills - Friday's 10am - Noon @Sandalwood Communal Hall, Sandalwood Close. Wheatley Hills. DN2 5DW
Mexborough - Friday's 14.00 - 16.00 @ Mexborough Library, John Street. Mexborough. S64 9HS.

We host a digital social club on the first Tuesday of every month on the google meet platform. 

Service access criteria: Aged 65 or above. Living alone. Have no diagnosis requiring specialist support, e.g. dementia. Home must be must be appropriate for visits.
Connecting with others
Services for older people
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Key words - separate with a comma: befriending, older people, social isolation, befrienders
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