Age UK's befriending services (Good Neighbour Schemes)
If you are lonely and isolated, especially if frail or physically disabled, then befriending is a service that could provide companionship and support.
There are 5 befriending services around Barnet:
- Friend in Need, East and New Barnet areas
- High Barnet Good Neighbour Scheme
- The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill Hill and Burnt Oak
- Telephone befriending service, where a volunteer calls you
- Barnet-wide befriending service, where a volunteer comes to your home
Support and services offered are usually by donation or at low cost:
- exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance
- IT training
- hot lunches
- a friendly voice and telephone chat
- outings to shops and parks
The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:
- a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
- a befriending service to combat loneliness
- a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm
30% of Barnet residents say that they volunteer regularly and 42% say that they have given unpaid help to an organisation in the last 12 months.
Even if you don't see yourself as a volunteer, it's the little things you do that count.