In 2017-2018 we undertook a pilot in Worthing for long term befriending. The pilot was developed in response to research we undertook in partnership with Sussex Police mapping out where the highest risk areas for isolation among older people (using Age UK heat map data and SCAM fraud data), across Sussex. Unsurprisingly, Worthing along with Brighton and Hove were in the top 5 highest risk areas of need, hence the pilot and the subsequent launch of our service in Worthing in May 2019.
Thanks to receiving lottery funding we are now able to provide the following service in Worthing which includes all the areas in and around; east Worthing, west Worthing, central Worthing, Findon Valley, High Salvington, Goring By Sea, Durrington, and Ferring. At Time to Talk Befriending in Brighton and Hove, we have developed a model that can be replicated and over time we hope to reach other communities (Adur being a top priority). For now however, we are concentrating on providing the following in the area of Worthing (as outlined above).
Please visit the Referrals section of our website if you would like to refer someone to our service https://www.tttb.org.uk/referrals/
Please visit the Volunteers section of our website if you would like to volunteer at Time to Talk befriending https://www.tttb.org.uk/volunteers/