The charity seeks to provide a pro-active response to the needs of scheme members and volunteers including pioneering new intergenerational befriending practices.
Building on best practice, the charity undertook a quality assurance review of our work in 2019 which resulted in receiving an accreditation of ‘excellence’ for our intergenerational befriending model. The excellence accreditation was awarded in March 2020 by the national membership organisation, Befriending Networks.
The majority of our scheme members are aged 80+
However we accept referrals for anyone aged 65+ living in Brighton, Hove, Adur or Worthing in Sussex. We are motivated to support older people who are experiencing loneliness because they have limited existing social contacts with family and friends.
We offer face to face befriending and group befriending. Our assessments enable us to speak to older people about their preferences so we can help them choose the option which best suits their needs.
The matching process is personalised based on individual interests, hobbies and needs. We take a whole-team approach to matching our scheme members and volunteers which continues to prove to be a mutually rewarding experience. Scheme member reviews confirm that befriending helps people to ‘feel in the world again’, like they ‘have purpose’ and a ‘reason to live’. Volunteers also continue to find befriending ‘enriching’ and ‘rewarding’ ,
Don’t just take our word for it, here are a few comments from scheme members and volunteers themselves: