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Befriending and Mentoring

Volunteer Befriending

Volunteer Now provides volunteer befriending and driving schemes for the most vulnerable and isolated older persons in the community.  This has been funded by Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and its predecessors for over 20 years.

One to One Befriending Service

Volunteer Now’s Belfast befriending scheme supports older people in Belfast and Castlereagh who are socially isolated or ‘at risk of social isolation’ by providing a volunteer befriender to visit them in their home on a regular basis to provide company and have a chat.  Our clients are vulnerable older people who may have become isolated due to ill health, bereavement or lack of family support. Having a volunteer befriender can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and low mood and give an older person the confidence to lead a more fulfilling life.

In November 2014, Volunteer Now's Befriending Scheme was awarded the Approved Provider Standard for safe and effective practice in Befriending by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. This is the second time this award has been given to our scheme.

Capacity-Building Services

Volunteer Now has extensive experience in providing befriending services and is currently offering capacity building support to organisations in Belfast who are delivering, or wish to establish, befriending schemes for older people. This may include charities, community groups, churches, good morning schemes or nursing homes.  We can provide best practice advice and this direct support is available to organisations regardless of size. 

Directory of Befriending Services (50+)

This publication has been produced by Volunteer Now in collaboration with the Befriending Network (50+). This directory is a tool for health professionals, organisations, families and individuals when looking for support services for vulnerable people in our community or their care.

Download the Befriending Services Directory

Contact Us

If you are an organisation currently delivering or would like to establish a befriending service for older people please contact:

Victoria O’Neill
Community Projects Team

E: victoria.o'neill@volunteernow.co.uk
T: 028 9023 2020