Befriending Services for the Elderly in Sussex

Befriending Services for the Elderly in Sussex

Getting older can also make it more difficult to get out and about and meet new or old friends, creating a feeling of isolation from the outside world and loneliness.

Luckily, Sussex has a range of befriending services available so that older residents can meet new people and make new friendships in comfortable environments.

Sussex Befriending Service

These services can include something as simple as a drop-in from a familiar face, or a weekly phone call, but can also be a social group that your elderly relative can go to. If you’re after something more frequent or activity based, you may be interested in our guide to Elderly Day Care Centres in Sussex.

We have split the different services between those primarily in East Sussex and West Sussex, though it may be worth you taking a look through all of the listings depending on where you live in the counties.

East Sussex Befriending Services

Age UK Befriending

Age UK East Sussex’s befriending service is for residents who are aged over 55 and feel isolated. The service involves a weekly call and lasts up to 26 weeks, although there may be specific occasions where a physical meet up will be appropriate and available. A key element of what they aim to achieve with this service is to support the client in becoming better integrated within their community and ultimately less reliant on the service as they will no longer feel isolated.

Elderly Befriending Services in East Sussex

For more information on the service, you can visit the website or get in touch through the details provided below.

Linking Lives Eastbourne

Linking Lives Eastbourne is a befriending scheme run by local churches that offers friendship to over 65s who may be feeling lonely or socially isolated. Volunteers are safely recruited and trained.

They offer a number of options, including face-to-face befriending visits at home, telephone befriending, meet-ups and outings. People will generally become matched with a specific volunteer, who will visit or call regularly for a chat.

You can get in touch or visit their website for full information about the service using the details provided below.

Time to Talk Befriending

Time to Talk Befriending are a relationship centred befriending service based in East Sussex. They specialise in supporting older people to overcome loneliness through a range of activities; including one-to-one befriending, group befriending signposting services, postal outreach, chaplaincy, and seasonal events, such as Holiday at Home and Thinking of You at Christmas.

You can get in touch or visit their website for full information about the service using the details provided below.

West Sussex Befriending Services

Age UK Visiting Service

Age UK West Sussex offer the Visiting Service to provide support and companionship to anybody over 50 years old who is feeling lonely. A highly trained and experienced visitor (who also makes great tea!) from their team will come around to your relative’s home to sit and chat, do crosswords, play games, take a look through old photos, or go for a short walk.

Littlehampton - West Sussex Befriending Services

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


Befriended is a West Sussex based organisation born out of a desire and passion to make a difference in the lives of isolated or vulnerable people. They provide a face to face befriending service, where a volunteer can visit your elderly relative for an hour each week to have a chat, or sometimes take them out to a garden centre or the park. They do their best to match the befrienders interests with those of your relative.

They also offer a number of other services, including Befriended Bus Trips for days out and Befriended Balance for some gentle exercise classes.

For full information on their services, you can visit their website or get in touch using the details provided below.

Good Neighbours West Sussex

The Royal Voluntary Service’s Good Neighbours scheme provides a One to One support service that is designed to build confidence and help people to reconnect with the things that make life worth living. This aim with this is to help them to remain living independently for longer.

The first step will usually be an assessment with one of their team members, where your relative can establish some of their goals. From this, they can be matched with a local volunteer to help achieve them.

This service is is based out of three parts of West Sussex:

For more information on this service, you can visit their website through any of the links above, or get in touch with them on 01903 257019.

Other National Telephone Befriending Services

As well as the local services on this page, there are a wide range of national, telephone-based befriending services across the UK. These can be great alternatives to the options listed here if this is more the kind of thing that your relative might be 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.

Befriending Services for the Elderly in Sussex