Befriending services can help to combat loneliness that is very common in later life. Having regular contact with a new friend has proven to bring out confidence and improve mental health in elderly people.
There are a wealth of befriending services in Hampshire take advantage of, including telephone and visiting options.
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Good Neighbours Network
The Good Neighbours Network is a collection of over 120 local groups run by local people for local people across Hampshire. Local groups offer a helping hand to elderly members of the community by providing practical help and emotional help through befriending schemes.
You can find your nearest Good Neighbours group on the map – double click on your local group to find what activities are provided, as well as contact details. Alternatively you can see a list of all groups.
If befriending services are not available at your immediate nearest group, they are likely to be provided somewhere close by.
Volunteers in the Network reduce isolation by visiting and spending time with local elderly residents. The ethos of the Good Neighbours Network is to deliver acts of kindness, as simple as bringing round a cake, which can go a very long way.
The Hub supports this activity by providing free DBS checks, as well as safeguarding support and basic training in befriending. You can refer your elderly relative or they can refer themselves; visit their website for everything you need to know about making a referral. For more information on the Network, please find contact details below:
Age UK Isle of Wight, Good Neighbour Scheme
The Good Neighbour Scheme is built of volunteers working within every community on the Isle of Wight. Volunteers provide vital assistance, reliable support and friendship to those who feel lonely or isolated. Befriending support can be coupled with practical help including outings, help with small tasks in the home or regaining confidence after bereavement.
Volunteers work to cover every neighbourhood on the Isle of Wight. To get in touch and organise befriending, please find contact details below:
Southampton Age UK, Visiting Service
Southampton Age UK delivers this service to support isolated and lonely older people in the area. This is through the matching of dedicated volunteers who give their time to provide companionship and develop rewarding relationships.
Refer your relative by downloading and completing the Referral Form and sending it to their email or dropping it in in person. Please read the Referral Form Guidelines before doing this. They also accept self-referrals and referrals from health care professionals.
For further information and to find out more about other services Southampton Age UK offer, please find contact details below:
MHA Befriending Service, Hampshire
MHA aim to enable older people to stay living independently in their own homes for as long as possible, with the best possible quality of life. Their befriending scheme offers support and friendship to elderly people in the area through regular volunteer visits.
The scheme operates all across Hampshire, including in Basingstoke, Easleigh, New Forest, Portsmouth and Southampton, Winchester. You can take a look at the full list by searching ‘Hampshire’ on their interactive map.
For further information and to find out more about other services Winchester MHA provide, please find contact details below: