The CCWO offer an informal befriending service which includes home visits and contact by telephone. This service is primarily aimed at our older women based in Camden who live alone or are housebound. Our hope is to alleviate the feelings of loneliness, depression and isolation through the support offered by the service.
A volunteer befriender can visit you in your own home for an agreed time on a weekly basis and offer you a listening and supportive ear. This offers the opportunity to socialise and speak with someone face to face for that important social interaction. Alternatively, you can agree on when it would be suitable for them to call for a chat. These options are interchangeable, the details of which will be discussed between yourself and your befriender to figure out what works best for you both.
Does everyone qualify for this service?
Our Volunteer co-ordinator will carry out an assessment. Leading on from this, if it’s agreed that you have a need, a befriender will be allocated to you. Each Befriender is matched to meet your requirements as much as possible. The first visit will always be carried out by a member of staff accompanying the befriender to introduce them and to ensure a day/time for the service is agreed.
CCWO will ensure that anyone entering your home will be vetted and DBS checked prior to a visit.
Be A Friend
We are always seeking Befrienders that are caring, friendly and reliable individuals who volunteer their free time to offer some help and support. Are you available 1-2 hours per week to ‘Be a friend’?
- Support older people at risk of loneliness and social isolation?
- Help rebuild an older person’s self confidence?
- Build a network of friends for an older person to reach out to?
- Provide practical support e.g.make a phone call or assist with shopping or pharmacy collections?
- Help improve a older person’s quality of life?
Be-friending and the benefits to you!
- Gain a DBS certificate
- Gain a friend and be a friend
- Meet new people
- Feel good about giving up your time to making a positive and life changing difference
- Learn new skills and share existing ones
- Learn about other services and activities in the local area and how to access them
- We will provide training and guidance, one-to-one support and some expenses
To learn more about Befriending or to refer someone to the service, please contact Lina Nicolaou on 0207 428 8931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“As a befriender volunteer for CCWO I found that even with the briefest of time at your disposal, one could give a little bit of comfort and even happiness to some very lonely and isolated elderly women. Weekly chats and visits mean so much to people who often have very little contact with the outside world. During the time when I volunteered, I found much to admire in the positive outlook of the women I befriended even in the most adverse of situations and this has been enormously humbling.
I enjoyed my time as a volunteer. One only really needs a few hours a week but to the people you speak to or visit, it can mean the world. The ladies at the CCWO office do an excellent job of providing all the support to the volunteers. There is clear guidance and training from them and they follow up with you based on the weekly reports provided after the phone calls or visits.”