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Opportunities for support, companionship, and practical help.
Befriending and Good Neighbour services are great ways to combat loneliness and isolation if you have difficulty in getting out and about.
Befrienders are volunteers who keep in touch with you and provide companionship and conversation. Befrienders can keep in contact with you by:
Royal Voluntary Service (previously WRVS) Befriending Scheme - Volunteers offer home visiting to provide company, accompanied walks and trips out, accompanied participation in social activities and groups. Developed by Royal Voluntary Service, NHS Dorset, Age Space and Volunteer Centre Dorset to provide low level support to people at home, helping them to remain independent, engage with their local community preventing social isolation. For further information contact the local Scheme Coordinators listed below.
Ashley Heath Befriending Scheme: Scheme Co-ordinator Lynne Caffell on 07843 357206
East Dorset Befriending Scheme: on 077368 25302 (Ferndown) 07435 974825 (Verwood), 07736 825378 (Wimborne).
West Moors Befriending Scheme: Scheme Coordinator Anita Enefer 07525 237093.
Age UK North, South & West Dorset offer a telephone Befriending Service. To be able to use the service, you need to meet the following criteria:
For further information and to sign up refer to their website, email enquiries@email@example.com or contact them by telephone:
01305 269444- Dorset Council area, excluding East Dorset
01202 530530- East Dorset Council area
Dorset MIND – offer a Befriending service for up to a year for anyone
who is aged 18+ and experiences mild to moderate Mental Wellbeing Challenges. They can help people that would like support to develop positive mental wellbeing and anyone who is ready to take active steps to work towards recovery goals which will include reducing social-isolation, improving confidence and self-esteem.
Independent Age provide a service offering regular phone calls - 0800 319 6789
How it works
Good Neighbours services are also provided by volunteers. As well as providing company and friendship, a Good Neighbour can offer practical help such as collecting a prescription, running errands or changing a light bulb. Some may even be able to take you to the shops or to an appointment.