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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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During the national lockdown, all face to face activities, groups and home visits are suspended.


The safety and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and users remains our priority and we continue to reduce risk of transmission and ensure that unnecessary risks are not taken. This means that members of the public are not allowed to enter the Old Mortuary building or use the toilet.


The team is working as usual and we continue to adapt our services and activities so that we can work safely to support our community.


Current services include:


For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:


  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3


As always, we welcome volunteering applications

Please support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our fundraising campaign

You can contact us as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

11 January 2021