Befriending services can help combat loneliness that is common in later life. Having regular contact with a new friend has proven to bring confidence and improve mental health for elderly people. In Hampshire there are a wealth of befriending services to take advantage of, including telephone and visiting options.
Find Local Befriending Services Across Hampshire
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 and 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, safeguarding support and basic training in befriending. You can refer your elderly relative or they can refer themselves. Click here for everything you need to know on making a referral. For more information on the Network, please find contact details below:
Telephone: 023 9289 9671
Mobile: 07827 925327
Isle of Wight Age UK, 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:
Telephone: 01983 525282
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:
Telephone: 023 8036 8636
Winchester MHA Live at Home Befriending Service
MHA Winchester Live at Home 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. The befriending scheme offers support and friendship elderly people in the area, through regular volunteer visits.
The scheme operates in and around Winchester, including Alresford, Colden Common and Waltham Chase. Anyone elderly who lives in their own home or may have become lonely for whatever reason, is eligible for support.
For further information and to find out more about other services Winchester MHA provide, please find contact details below:
Telephone: 01962 890 995