How you can help your neighbour.

We’re on a mission to end loneliness, ready to join us?

5 ideas to get started

We’ve come up with 5 simple ways you could help to end loneliness today.

How you can help your neighbour.

We’re on a mission to end loneliness, ready to join us?

5 ideas to get started

We’ve come up with 5 simple ways you could help to end loneliness today.

So, how can I help?

1. Say 'Hello'

If you see an older neighbour alone at the bus stop or in the café, just say hi. You might be the only person that does.

2. Call a relative

If you get ten minutes on your lunch break, give your grandma or grandad a call. You could even call weird aunt Lily on your dads side if you have time… It’s no big deal in your day but could transform their week!

3. b:friend a neighbour!

Could you pop-in on your way home from the shops or the school run to just have a cuppa and a chat with someone nearby? You can make such a difference to an older neighbour’s life in your community.

4. Join a Social Club

Each week there are social activities across your community bringing isolated older neighbours together for some much-needed fun. Pop along to help out or just have a chat – we guarantee it’ll be a laugh.

5. Raise the bar

You can raise awareness in your community, via social media, in your workplace. You can host fundraising events to keep activities and befriending alive where you live. If you want to help, but don’t have the time to befriend, there are so many ways to make a difference.

So, how can I help?

1. Say 'Hello'

If you see an older neighbour alone at the bus stop or in the café, just say hi. You might be the only person that does.

2. Call a relative

If you get ten minutes on your lunch break, give your grandma or grandad a call. You could even call weird aunt Lily on your dads side if you have time… It’s no big deal in your day but could transform their week!

3. b:friend a neighbour!

Could you pop-in on your way home from the shops or the school run to just have a cuppa and a chat with someone nearby? You can make such a difference to an older neighbour’s life in your community.

4. Join a Social Club

Each week there are social activities across your community bringing isolated older neighbours together for some much-needed fun. Pop along to help out or just have a chat – we guarantee it’ll be a laugh.

5. Raise the bar

You can raise awareness in your community, via social media, in your workplace. You can host fundraising events to keep activities and befriending alive where you live. If you want to help, but don’t have the time to befriend, there are so many ways to make a difference.

What we do as a charity.

Our befriending

This is community support in its most authentic form.

Volunteer befrienders pledge to visit a socially isolated older neighbour near them for one hour per week for a cuppa and a chat. On the way back from work, the shops, dropping the kids at school – whenever is convenient for both parties, a befriender will spend an hour just chatting, listening and supporting someone that otherwise may have no one.

We pair individuals primarily based on locality and also make connections based on personal interests. Each befriender and older neighbour receive regular support to ensure they’re benefitting from the project.

HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?

Our Social Clubs

Since inception, b:Friend has created, delivered and evaluated hundreds of hours of community social group activity in Doncaster.

b:Friend has an effective blueprint for social groups for older adults focusing on venue, budgeting, marketing to the most isolated individuals and session planning methodology over (usually) a 48-week year.

Each group activity is different… and they’re certainly not boring. From shaking-up Bond-style mocktails, performing street-dance routines, designing Christmas cards, making bird boxes, chocolate tasting sessions and jiving to Bollywood-inspired music… members are exploring new horizons and getting out of their comfort zone each week.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing model forms a clear framework with which b:Friend co-design all group activities. Our Social Clubs ensure attendees are: connected to others through conversation and activity; active through physically engaged sessions; continue to learn through engaging talks, discuss topics of the day and take note of others around them; while giving time, support and attention to others.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Outreach

We’re working on a theory of change to determine the next layer of support beyond 1:1 and peer befriending so, as we evolve, additional levels of support will be trialled and introduced.

GET IN TOUCH TO FIND OUT MORE

What we do as a charity.

Our befriending

This is community support in its most authentic form.

Volunteer befrienders pledge to visit a socially isolated older neighbour near them for one hour per week for a cuppa and a chat. On the way back from work, the shops, dropping the kids at school – whenever is convenient for both parties, a befriender will spend an hour just chatting, listening and supporting someone that otherwise may have no one.

We pair individuals primarily based on locality and also make connections based on personal interests. Each befriender and older neighbour receive regular support to ensure they’re benefitting from the project.

HOW BIG IS THE PROBLEM?

Our Social Clubs

Since inception, b:Friend has created, delivered and evaluated hundreds of hours of community social group activity in Doncaster.

b:Friend has an effective blueprint for social groups for older adults focusing on venue, budgeting, marketing to the most isolated individuals and session planning methodology over (usually) a 48-week year.

Each group activity is different… and they’re certainly not boring. From shaking-up Bond-style mocktails, performing street-dance routines, designing Christmas cards, making bird boxes, chocolate tasting sessions and jiving to Bollywood-inspired music… members are exploring new horizons and getting out of their comfort zone each week.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing model forms a clear framework with which b:Friend co-design all group activities. Our Social Clubs ensure attendees are: connected to others through conversation and activity; active through physically engaged sessions; continue to learn through engaging talks, discuss topics of the day and take note of others around them; while giving time, support and attention to others.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT?

Outreach

We’re working on a theory of change to determine the next layer of support beyond 1:1 and peer befriending so, as we evolve, additional levels of support will be trialled and introduced.

FIND OUT MORE

Looking to volunteer? Use our interactive map to find an elderly neighbour in your area.

Here you can apply and register for your DBS check too.
VIEW NEIGHBOUR MAP

We're all neighbours.
Let’s b:friend.

We're all neighbours.
Let’s b:friend.