Everything we have developed through the Charity has been based on the voice of our older members.
For example, we ask people during group consultations what they would like to benefit from within their community. In addition, we ask people what they feel they would like to benefit from within our face-to-face assessments and reviews with older people.
Whenever a need or gap is identified, or if we are struggling to find volunteers in a particular area on an ongoing basis, we try to think creatively about how we can help people to become socially included rather than continue to be stuck within the four walls of their homes.
Group befriending is an outcome of these findings. Group Befriending varies depending on which area our members reside in. For example, in East Brighton our partnership with St Mary’s Church in Kemptown and Brighton College provides opportunities for intergenerational friendships, fun, and refreshments in the beautiful church setting.
Group Befriending on a larger scale is also made possible for residents in Hove through to Shoreham in West Sussex thanks to a continued collaboration with City Coast Church.