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Befriending: Home Visiting for Older People

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Brighten someone’s day

As we get older, it’s easy to become isolated and lonely. Some older people see no-one for days at a time – but that’s where you can help.

Befriending: Home Visiting

At Time & Talents, we match volunteer befrienders with older people who have become a bit isolated, and are often housebound. Could you spend an hour or two a week just chatting, taking someone out for a while, watching movies, having a cup of tea – just being there?

Befrienders always say they get a lot in return – the sense of being involved with your community, the fun of meeting and getting to know someone new, and for many, a new friendship.

It makes a huge difference from a very small commitment.

Telephone Befriending

We know how busy people are – but even if you only have 20 minutes a week, you can still help! We now offer Telephone Befriending. Once a week, you make a phone call to an older person and offer a bit of company and a check-in to make sure all is well. We’ll even give you some fun prompts to make sure your conversation doesn’t dry up in the beginning. But before long you won’t need that!

How it works

We’ll match you with someone we know you’ll get on with, and introduce you. After that, it’s up to you – we’ll keep in touch to make sure things are going well, and offer full support to the person you’re befriending in case you find they need extra help.

To become a befriender, or to find out more about a range of ways to help, contact us at volunteering@timeandtalents.org.uk, or

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London Marathon 2018: Guaranteed Places for T&T

Loneliness is a killer. Run for us, and help make life worth living.

T&T has 17 Gold Bond places available for marathon runners in 2018.

Find out more about how you can run for us, and help us reduce isolation for older people in Southwark. Find out more about marathon places!

NEWSFLASH: Charity Times Awards Charity of the Year (Under £1m) 2017

We’re excited to report that T&T has been shortlisted for the above prestigious award, to be announced on 4th October 2017. We want to thank all our supporters, funders, and most of all volunteers for their hard work that has led to the nomination. We couldn’t have got there without you!