How to make a Referral
If you wish to make a referral either for yourself or a third party, you can contact us initially by phone or by downloading the initial enquiry form here and emailing it to us. Our administrator will then contact you for some more details and let you know the next step.
- Befriending for an older person
- Befriending for an older person living with dementia
- Befriending for an older person with mental health issues
Once the initial application has been received, the administrator will pass it on to a staff member who will arrange a suitable time to make a home visit
What happens next?
A member of staff will contact you and arrange a time to visit you in your own home. You are very welcome to have a friend or relative with you if you wish. We will be able to explain more about the Befriending Service and how it might be of benefit to you. We will also tell you about our Volunteer Befrienders, how they are selected and how we go about introducing a new friend to you.
When we have identified a suitable Volunteer Befriender we will return to see you and bring your new friend too. We can then discuss the date of the next visit and how long each visit will be expected to last. On average we suggest once a week for about one to two hours but please be aware this can vary depending on the Volunteer’s availability. We try as much as possible to keep the same Volunteer with you so that the friendship can flourish and grow.