Through our partnership with Sussex Police and the National Linking Lives Befriending Charity we have worked collaboratively to identify areas across the County of Sussex where there are a) high numbers of older people considered to be living alone or in isolation and b) areas where SCAM fraud is prevalent among the older population. Time to Talk Befriending are running a pilot in 2017 in the Worthing area. Referrals are received through the Charity Guildcare and the Community Referrers enabling the Charity to successfully match 20 older people by December 2017. The aim is to fully launch the service in the area in 2018 subject to funding.
Befriending Opportunities Available
- Befriender – for friendship and company.
- Befriender – for friendship, company and the occasional trip out and about.
- Activity Befriender – short term volunteering for people who are willing and able to take an older person to a group, activity or event of interest to help them become connected to the community.
- Volunteer Driver – befriending while transporting an older person to an activity or event to help them become socially included.