Volunteering role

Befriending Mental Health Support Volunteer

We are looking for individuals to become befrienders, offering support to those experiencing loneliness due to mental health conditions.  

We match people with people to create friendships that make life better and will carefully match you with an individual who we think would be a good fit. 

It’s up to you whether you want to make phone calls, visit someone at home/in the community, or both.  


Time required



  • Connects you to others
  • Fun and fulfilling
  • Can advance your career, particularly good opportunity for people looking to gain experience for care, social, health and charity sectors.

Practical Considerations

Volunteers will be reimbursed for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

Key skills required

  • Strong listening skills
  • Understanding of older people and/ or people with disabilities/long term health conditions
  • Understanding of mental health needs
  • Non-judgemental attitude
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Friendliness and warmth
  • Empathy and resilience.


Together Co is Brighton and Hove’s leading loneliness charity, working to create connections that change lives for the better across the city. We run Befriending and Social Prescribing services supporting more than 1,000 people a year and have 400+ volunteers working alongside our small paid staff team. In a city of 300,000 people no one should be lonely or socially isolated. Together, we can make sure no one is.  

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