Could you spare some time to brighten up the week of an elderly person or vulnerable adult in the London Borough of Sutton who has found themselves lonely and isolated?
We're looking for volunteers who could commit to befriend someone over the phone for 20 minutes a week. You'd be a friendly voice to an isolated individual, providing a point of regular contact and social interaction.
Our Sutton Befrienders team will train you to support and build a meaningful relationship with someone who really needs it, so that they feel less lonely and more connected in their community. We have lots of experience, having run a befriending project for several years in the Borough.
No formal qualifications or experience is needed - we're just looking for volunteers with 'people skills' (see below) who are reliable, punctual, trustworthy, patient, tolerant and who have some common sense.
*Our service users may have found themselves isolated for many reasons, e.g. bereavement, illness or family migration or perhaps no other family members. Some are young people who have been in the care of the local authority but who now no longer qualify for assistance due to age. We also assist those members of the community who are disabled, (physical or sensory) and with mental health issues such as depression, panic attacks, anxiety or stress related issues.