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Help Combat Loneliness in South Derbyshire!

4 November 2020

The South Derbyshire CVS Connect Befriending Service supports people aged 18+, who live in South Derbyshire and who are lonely or isolated, by matching them with a like-minded volunteer.

The service provides three levels of support: telephone befriending, home visits and buddying. There is currently a waiting list of people of varying ages looking for support. Could you volunteer some time to help?

  • Telephone befriending is perfect if you don’t have much time or want to fit it around a schedule. You'd be matched with someone to ring for a weekly or fortnightly phone call of around 30 minutes, some people’s calls are less and some are more, depending on the match itself and how much time you have. Some of our matches do quizzes over the phone together or just have a chat.
  • Home visits are for people who aren’t able to get out and about and who would like someone to visit them in their home for a weekly visit, of around an hour. Some people sit and have a chat, others watch TV programmes together or play games or jigsaws. Visits can be done in the day or evening – we’d try and match you to someone who lives locally to you and who has similar availability and interests.
  • Buddying is a more active form of befriending and can help support people who want more than just a weekly visit in their home. It can involve going out with someone, perhaps to the cinema, to a café for a coffee, visiting a garden centre or going out for a local walk.

If you could spare some time to help, we'd love to hear from you! Please note volunteers must be aged 18+ for this role.

For more information about / to apply for this volunteer role, please contact us by email at volunteer@sdcvs.org.uk or call 07458 304315.

Or, if you're interested in finding out about other volunteering opportunities in South Derbyshire, why not join the Volunteer Force?! For more information visit our Volunteering page.

SDCVS Volunteer Befrienders Advert

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