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.

TTTB - Adut & Worthing

The aim of the pilot is to work alongside the existing and well-established Charity ‘Guildcare’ (www.guildcare.org.uk) to identify 10-15 older people who would benefit from being matched with a volunteer befriender for much needed company and friendship. Between April 2017 – January 2018 we will be looking to recruit volunteers who have a heart for older people so that we can carefully match them with an elderly scheme member who they would visit every week or every fortnight. Through our work in Brighton and Hove we have witnessed first-hand how befriending can literally transform lives so we are excited to monitor and evaluation the progress of the pilot with a view to launching fully in 2018.

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.