Helping Older People New Forest. Registered Charity No. 1152294. Company No. 8326735

Registered Office: 25 Kensington Park, Milford on Sea, Lymington. SO41 0WD

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For many years now, loneliness has been recognised as the cause of a great many mental and physical ailments. Whilst not exclusively an elderly problem, there's a greater likelihood of this happening as loved ones die, friends become less able to visit and families are hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles away.

Loneliness is debilitating; it leads to an ever-decreasing spiral where those afflicted no longer feel like engaging at the very time that this would help them recover, if only they knew where to turn for the help.

This is where befriending can make a world of difference.

Our service is very simple: once we have matched one of our volunteers to a lonely person, we promise a minimum commitment of a weekly chat for at least an hour. Many of the team do a great deal more than this and really do become that missing friend. As you'll see from the comments from clients, our befriending service has made a great deal of difference to the lives of those we help in this way.

Clients are referred to us from a variety of sources including other services targeted on helping the elderly, family, and friends or even the person themselves. Wherever the enquiry comes from, you can be sure that we will do our best to help.

And don't forget, some companionship services charge a lot of money for this type of support - ours is completely free, just like the Information and Advice service.

If you would like to join us to help with this important work, you'll find a Job Overview here.

If you want to apply, you can do so here.