Befriending Officer, Sheffield
b:friend™ (registered charity number: 1171148) pairs volunteer befrienders with socially isolated older neighbours by visiting once a week for a cuppa and a chat. We aim to reduce loneliness among older members of the community and have an impact on secondary outcomes of isolation including onset of dementia, depression and hospital readmission.
Along with 1:1 befriending, b:Friend host weekly Social Club sessions in areas offering peer support and group activities for the community. Activities vary from guest speakers, to craft sessions, to quizzes and games – all with the intention of engaging older neighbours who face social isolation.