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Got time to talk? Try befriending

You could make a real difference to someone’s quality of life just by being you!

Befriending is a one-to-one, non-judgemental relationship where you volunteer your time to support and encourage someone. Many people benefit from the support of a befriender at a time of change in their life or when they are socially isolated due to illness or old age.
The people most suited to befriending are those who are interested in other people, are good listeners, are reliable, and have two-three hours to commit each week. Often previous experience is not needed. It’s more about who you are than what you’ve done.

Find befriending opportunities in Devon.

Time to Talk

Time to Talk aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve wellbeing for people with a disability or who are Deaf. Funded by the Big Lottery for 5 years, Living Options Devon will provide dedicated telephone service with a team of volunteers offering peer support, signposting and referrals – available four days a week, including evenings and weekends. For Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) there is a webcam service, provided by people who speak fluent BSL. Hot Topic Forums and a disabled Life Coach++ will offer face-to-face support.

Find out about Time to Talk volunteering opportunities.

What’s in it for me?

People are quite often surprised by how much they receive back when they volunteer. The act of giving your time to help another person fight through their loneliness or social isolation can lead to a feeling of accomplishment and happiness.

Organisations, like Independent Age, provide volunteers with training and a dedicated support network, and volunteer events throughout the year.