Many older people in the UK report feeling lonely, particularly those who find it more difficult to leave the house. Befriending services for the elderly in can help to minimise loneliness by providing a friendly chat or cup of tea on a regular basis. Hertfordshire’s befriending services are adaptable to your relative’s needs, and can provide this support in-person, over-the-phone or by email.
Other options your relative might want to consider if they are looking to see people are Hertfordshire’s Lunch Clubs for the Elderly, and the many Day Care Centres in Hertfordshire. Both of these options provide older people with opportunities to meet new friends, take part in group activities, and enjoy a cooked meal.
Below you can find out more about the befriending services that may be able to support your relative in Hertfordshire.
Find Local Befriending Services Across Hertfordshire
Age UK Hertfordshire Befriending
Age UK Hertfordshire offer both telephone befriending and face-to-face befriending services. With their telephone befriending scheme your relative can organise to have a weekly phone call with one of Age UK’s friendly volunteers. Their face-to-face befriending service offers friendship through a weekly home visit, and they will try to match you with a volunteer who has shared interests, and will listen to any worries that your relative has.
To get in contact with your relative’s local Age UK Hertfordshire befriending service, use the phone numbers below.
- East Herts and Broxbourne Telephone: 07772 173 659
- North Herts and Stevenage Telephone: 07538 954 189
- St Albans, Harpenden and Hertsmere Telephone: 01727 859 583
- Watford and Three Rivers Telephone: 01923 256 361
- Welwyn Hatfield Telephone: 01707 375 814
Age UK Dacorum
If your relative lives in Dacorum then they are eligible for support from Age UK Dacorum’s befriending services. Their team will attempt to match your relative with one of their face-to-face befriending volunteers based on their hobbies and interests, to make sure they always have something to talk about. Age UK will try to ensure the same befriender is used each week, and the service is completely free.
Age UK Dacorum also operate a Telephone Club, to provide a listening ear and supportive chat with one of their volunteers, for those who are less keen on a visitor.
Telephone: 01442 259049
St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme
The St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme can provide befriending for older people living in St Albans, either in person or over the phone. Their service is run entirely by volunteers, and they will provide either a weekly phone call or visit your relative at their home for a cup of tea and chat.
Telephone: 01727 830713