Befriending - Faversham & Sittingbourne

Age UK Kent River’s Befriending Service provides companionship to older people living in Faversham & Sittingbourne who are experiencing loneliness. Our Befrienders will spend quality time with the person, creating a long-lasting friendship.

The Befriending service is a free service that is provided by fully trained and vetted volunteers, who are carefully matched to ensure that we connect people with similar interests, providing older people with a long-term companion to spend quality time with, chatting about life and becoming not just a familiar face, but a friend.

Our volunteer Befrienders will spend 1-3 hours a week together with an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or accompanying them to an activity (such as a trip to a cafe or the theatre).

The main aims of the service are to:

✓ Reduce social isolation
✓ Build confidence
✓ Maintain independence
✓ Enhance wellbeing
✓ Assist with engaging with the community.

There are some things that a befriending volunteer is not able to do, for instance they will not be able to help with personal care, go shopping on your behalf, do housework, gardening or maintenance, give counselling or guidance.

Connecting with others
Services for older people
Service access criteria:

Available to people aged 50 and over living in the Faversham and Sittingbourne area. This is a companionship service and Befrienders will not be able to help with personal care, shopping, housework or provide counselling or guidance.

Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Befriending, Isolation, face to face befriending
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