The new Befriending Project helps to tackle Loneliness

9th October 2018by Barnsley Council

It can be a long week when you don’t see or speak to anyone. Many people in our area can no longer get out-and-about like they once did, leaving them feeling alone and disconnected from their community.

A new project aiming to reduce loneliness facing our older neighbours has launched in the Dearne area. Friend pairs volunteer befrienders with socially isolated neighbours to pop in, once a week, for a cuppa and a chat. Sometimes, that’s all that is needed.

Have you been feeling alone, or know someone who might be?

No one should be without someone. If you’ve been feeling increasingly isolated, then this befriending project could support you. There is no cost associated with the service and, as long as the charity has a volunteer near where you live, they’ll be able to pair you with a befriender.

b:Friend is also launching two weekly Social Clubs in the Dearne area. It’s not just about bingo and bunting: sessions are energetic and can vary from cheerleading to creative dance to crafts to poetry recitals. No week is the same!

So, what is involved?

Well, a befriender will be paired with an older neighbour that lives nearby and, once the charity has made the introduction, they’ll visit once-a-week for companionship, perhaps a cuppa and some cake and, in some instances, a trip out here-or-there.

If you’ve got some time to spare and would like to become a ‘be-friender’, register your interest at letsbfriend.org.uk

Contact them to find out more on 07523 698530.

Barnsley Council

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