BEfriend have been operating in The London Borough of Ealing since 1994, linking volunteer befrienders with isolated and lonely adults who would otherwise see nobody.

We recruit and train volunteers who make weekly visits to people, visiting them in their home or taking them out.

As well as our general befriending service, we have specialist projects running alongside it:

  • Linked Minds: providing befriending for those with a diagnosis of a mental health problem. (Working together with Mind in Ealing and Hounslow)
  • Carers Short Breaks Service: Providing weekly short breaks for a carer by staying with the cared for person.
  • Dementia befriending: Supporting an adult with a diagnosis of dementia with activities to stimulate their minds.

Many people experience isolation as they get older. For those without family close by, the weeks can go by without them leaving the house or seeing anyone.

People may be isolated because of a physical or sensory impairment, or maybe because of a mental health problem. It may be that they are unable to leave the house as they are a carer for someone else. We are here to reduce isolation and loneliness among those who have no one else.

After you’ve taken care of the people closest to you, would you consider leaving a gift in your will to help us continue this vital support?

Your gift would help us to:

  • Recruit and train more volunteers
  • Ensure we reach those who are most isolated and in need of our support
  • Develop and widen our services so we can help more people

We are incredibly grateful for every gift that people include in their Wills. Whatever you’re able to leave will help create opportunities to end loneliness and isolation.

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