Making friends | combat loneliness
Stay connected through Age UK's befriending service or get in touch with Silver Line. Get out and about or volunteer to make friends and feel connected.
Age UK's befriending services (Good Neighbour Schemes)
If you are lonely and isolated, especially if frail or physically disabled, then befriending is a service that could provide companionship and support.
There are 5 befriending services around Barnet:
- Friend in Need, East and New Barnet areas
- High Barnet Good Neighbour Scheme
- The Good Neighbour Scheme for Mill HIll and Burnt Oak
- Telephone befriending service, where a volunteer calls you
- Barnet-wide befriending service, where a volunteer comes to your home
Support and services offered are usually by donation or at low cost:
- exercise classes, yoga, tai-chi, dance
- IT training
- hot lunches
- a friendly voice and telephone chat
- outings to shops and parks
The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:
- a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
- a befriending service to combat loneliness
- a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm
30% of Barnet residents say that they volunteer regularly and 42% say that they have given unpaid help to an organisation in the last 12 months.
Even if you don't see yourself as a volunteer, it's the little things you do that count.