Volunteering role

Befriending Volunteer

We are looking for befrienders to support individuals who are at risk of social isolation as a result of their age, disability, or health condition.

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.

Time required

Flexible. Able to commit to a new friendship


  • Connects you to others
  • Fun and fulfilling
  • Can advance your career, particularly good opportunity for people looking to gain experience for social care, 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
  • Non judgemental attitude
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Commitment and reliability
  • Respect for confidentiality
  • Friendliness and warmth
  • Empathy and resilience.


As a befriender, you’ll be carefully matched with someone who we think you’d be a good fit for. You’ll visit them at home for an hour each week or fortnight for a cup of tea and a chat. You might also accompany them on walks to their local shops or cafe. Some befrienders also use their own car to take their person out.

Other activities might include help with form filling or making phone calls, reading aloud together, or playing games. 

This is not a carer role, and you won’t be asked to carry out tasks that are essential to a person’s basic survival such as personal care, medical care, regular domestic work, and regular shopping.

Where and when you visit is largely down to you as a volunteer. A particular feature of Together Co Befriending is its neighborhood focus, so we’ll try and match you with someone local to your home or work.

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