Befriending Services for the Elderly in Dorset

Befriending Services for the Elderly in Dorset

As we get older it can become more difficult to get out and about to meet new and old friends, creating feelings of loneliness and an isolation to the wider world. Fortunately, there a a range of different befriending services across Dorset that can help elderly citizens to meet people and form new friendships.

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Some of these services are as simple as a drop-in visit from a familiar face, or a weekly call on the phone, but can also be social or befriending groups that your elderly relative can go to. If you’re looking for something that is more activity based or frequent, it may be worth taking a look at Age Space’s guide to Elderly Day Care Centres in Dorset.

Senior Befriending Service

The Senior Befriending Service can introduce your elderly relative to a friendly, caring and supportive befriender who will visit them at home for a chat and can even take them out for a trip to the shops or accompany them to appointments.

During visits, it’ll be completely up to your relative as to what they’d like to do. Many of the scheme’s existing members like to reminisce about their lives and share photographs, although others prefer to enjoy a board game or a walk. Visits can be as little or often as they would like, with the flexibility to suit their needs.

You can visit the Senior Befriending Service’s website, or get in touch with them using the details provided below for further information.

Lantern Befriending Service

The Lantern Church in Wimbourne offer a one-to-one befriending service for older people living in the local community, in partnership with The Harvey Practice Doctors Surgery.

This is a free service for people over 60 who are living alone and have very few or no social visitors. A volunteer befriender will visit the your relative at home weekly or fortnightly for about an hour.

Sussex Befriending Service

For full information on the service, you can visit the Lantern Church website or get in touch with them using the details provided below.

Community Connections: Age UK Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset

Age UK Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset offer a Community Connections service for over 60s in the local area who have become housebound or detached from community life due to bereavement, moving house, disability or mental health. The aim of this service is to enable older people to:

  • Overcome the barriers of isolation & loneliness
  • Share the company of others
  • Talk to someone
  • Pursue interests & activities in the local community
  • Maintain independence and gain information, enabling clients to stay at home for longer

Your relative will have a support worker allocated to them, who will aim to spend 12 weeks integrating them into the community through other services provided by Age UK. This time period can be extended depending on circumstances.

For complete information on this service, you can visit the Age UK website or get in touch using the details provided below.

Social Groups: Age UK North, South & West Dorset

For those in the catchment area for Age UK North, South & West Dorset, there are a variety of social opportunities and events available. These include a free, drop-in Coffee Club in Dorchester that is held each week and includes activities and guest speakers, as well as the opportunity for conversation over a cup of tea. This service is a great opportunity for older people to get to know other community members in a warm and comfortable environment.

Befriending Services for the Elderly in Dorset - Age UK N,S,W Dorset

If it’s easier, your relative will even be able to join the Club from the comfort of their own home on Zoom!

You can find out more information about this and Age UK’s other services by getting in touch or visiting the website using the details provided below.

Other National Telephone Befriending Services

There are plenty of countrywide, telephone-based befriending services in the UK that can be great alternatives to the local options listed here. If this is more the kind of thing your elderly relative is after, you can visit the websites of our suggestions below to find out more information on what they can offer and how you can get involved.