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Befriending: Home Visiting for Older People

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, or

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We know that this is a hugely difficult time for our community, and we are doing everything in our power to support our users and wider neighbourhood.

Our current services include:

We are so grateful for the many applications to volunteer – we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can, and we welcome further volunteering applications.

Support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our Fundraising campaign

If you need us, you can contact us as normal on 020 7231 7845

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb (Director) and the T&T team


28th April 2020