Please note: the Befriending Service is currently closed to new referrals while we seek funding to continue the service.

 

"We all need someone to talk to, someone who listens, someone who understands"

 

Would you like to spend time with someone you can talk to, someone who understands about caring?

Kingston Carers' Network Befriending Service gives you the chance to meet regularly with a friendly, trained volunteer. You will be matched with a volunteer who will visit you about once a week, at a time that suits you. If you are unable to leave the person you care for, the volunteer can visit you at home or can accompany you and your loved one on a trip out.

We will do our utmost to match you with a volunteer who we think you will get on well with, and who will visit you on a regular basis. Having someone to talk to can make a real difference.

If you are interested in being matched with a volunteer, or would like to find out more, please contact Lyndsey at befriending@kingstoncarers.org.uk or 020 3375 8226.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a befriending volunteer?

Our befriending volunteers give their time, unpaid, to regularly visit a carer. The volunteer can help you enjoy your favourite activity, get out and about or just have a coffee and a chat. They are a trustworthy person who is there to listen. All volunteers complete an interview, criminal records check and training before they can start volunteering.

How often will the volunteer visit me?

This is up to you, but we suggest that you meet with the volunteer once a week for about one hour. The time, day and location is decided between you. The volunteer will visit you over a period of 6 months.

Where will we meet?

Your volunteer can either visit you at home or in the community (i.e. at a local coffee shop). Where you choose to meet will depend on what works best for you both.  If you are unable to leave the person you care for, the volunteer can visit you at home or can accompany you and your loved one on a trip out.

Will I have to pay for the service?

No, the Befriending Service is completely free of charge.

Will my befriender help with household tasks?

It is important to note that volunteer befrienders do not:

  • Deal with any financial issues including handling cash, PIN numbers, bank statements etc.
  • Read mail or deal with any correspondence
  • Carry out personal care or manual handling
  • Attend GP, dentist, hospital or other appointments
  • Assist with household tasks i.e. electrical repairs, laundry or cleaning

The volunteer could help you develop your skills, such as using a computer.

What will we talk about?

You can talk about anything you like - whether you fancy a light-hearted chat or a chance to 'get it all off your chest' - depending on what kind of week you've had!

Anything you share with the volunteer will remain confidential. The volunteer will only share information with us if they believe you are, or someone else is, at risk of harm.

What happens next?

If you are interested in meeting a volunteer, or would like to find out more, please contact Lyndsey at befriending@kingstoncarers.org.uk or 020 3375 8226