Companionship / Befriending


Loneliness is a chronic issue for many people, especially older people and those with disabilities. By becoming a befriender, you can make a massive difference to the life of someone who is missing out on that crucial human interaction. Befrienders often visit people in their own home, but can also take them out to the shops or to the cinema, or maybe even the pub.  


This type of volunteer role is great if you don’t want to mix with lots of people or want to see the impact of your support on one person. There is also usually some flexibility in these roles meaning you can fit them in to your own schedule. 


Due to the nature of these roles, you will need to have a police check, references, and attend training. 


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Current opportunities

Compassionate Neighbour

Recruiter: St Clare Hospice

Region: East Herts

Postcode: CM20 2NS

Places: 10

About the Opportunity

During the Covid-19 pandemic you may still be able to volunteer as a Compassionate Neighbour by offering telephone support to an isolated person. We are putting on some online webinar based training to help new volunteers support local people during the crisis. The difference you will make: People living with a life-limiting or terminal illness... Read more

St Clare Hospice

St Clare Hospice is a charity providing specialist palliative care to improve the lives of people living with a terminal or life-limiting illness in West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Our approach to care gives patients, their families and carers, the confidence to cope so that, together, they can... Learn more