From the offset, since we founded the Charity, we extended our befriending provision to include signposting.
For example, in 2020 we made 418 signposts/re-referrals to over 60 organisations, tapping our scheme members into what exists already in their local communities (e.g. welfare benefit, food provision, social clubs).
Signposting is an important part of our core work as it helps our scheme members who are usually isolated and disconnected from the community at the point of referral, to become socially included. We have an extensive list of activities, groups, events, and services available for older people locally and nationally which the team update regularly.