Befriending and Good Neighbours

Opportunities for support, companionship, assistance with transportation to appointments and the opportunity to participate in social activities

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  • Age Concern Christchurch - Befriending

    A befriending service for older people in Christchurch.

    • Age Concern Christchurch - Befriending: 01202 488311
  • Age Concern Gillingham and Shaftesbury - Befriending

    A befriending service for people in the Gillingham and Shaftesbury areas.

    • Age Concern Gillingham and Shaftesbury - Befriending: 01747 853966
  • Age Concern North Dorset - Friendship

    If you are feeling worried, lonely or isolated, our volunteers will bring friendship and laughter. Please contact us for further information. Service offered in Sturminster Newton and surrounding villages. Also offering a doorstep service in the same areas to pick up shopping and prescriptions.

    • Age Concern North Dorset: 01258 475582
  • Age UK - Telephone Friendship Service

    Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly chat on the phone can make all the difference.

    • Age UK - Telephone Friendship Service: 0800 434 6105
  • Age UK Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset - Befriending Service

    A befriending scheme for older people in Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset.

    • Kerry Bidgood: 01202 530530
  • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Good Neighbours

    A Good Neighbour scheme for anyone over 50 who may struggle with a one off task that a volunteer Good Neighbour could help with. The scheme covers the Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland areas.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Good Neighbours: 01305 269444
  • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Reach Out Social Support

    Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Age UK North, South & West Dorset - Reach Out Service: 01305 269444
  • Age UK Reach Out Social Support Purbeck

    Supporting you to get out, meet people and make friends.

    • Jules Walker: 01305 269444
  • Bluebird Care - Bournemouth and Poole

    Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Bournemouth and Poole: 01202 283777
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care - Ferndown

    Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Ferndown: 01202 977200
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care - Purbeck and Wareham

    Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - Purbeck and Wareham: 01929 500515
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bluebird Care - West Dorset

    Bluebird Care provides high quality home care and support to keep you safe, comfortable and living independently in your own home.

    • Bluebird Care - West Dorset: 01305 236655
    Inspected by CQC
  • Bournemouth Blind Society Befriending

    Bournemouth Blind Society offers a befriending service to those with a visual impairment who may feel isolated at home.

    • Geraldine Bradley: 01202 546644
  • Bournemouth Jewish Support Services

    The aim of Bournemouth Jewish Support Services is to offer appropriate, confidential support and advice to the Jewish Community across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

    • Co-ordinator: Janet Gee: 01202 298817
  • Bridport Good Neighbours Scheme

    Do you ever wonder how you will manage to collect your prescription, do your shopping, change a light bulb, or get to your medical appointment? The Bridport Good Neighbours scheme has been set up just to help with such things, and has volunteers registered who may be able to lend a hand.

    • Bridport Good Neighbours Scheme: 01308 420483
  • Chase Community Friends

    We offer support to those who need it within the Cranborne Chase villages.

    • Chase Community Friends: 01258 841321
  • Christchurch Angels

    We are an award-winning voluntary befriending service for residents in the Christchurch area who need short-term help in times of difficulty or crisis.

    • Christchurch Angels: 01202 989632
  • Communicare Swanage

    Communicare has been providing services to the people of Swanage and District for over 30 years. It provides a range of services through carefully selected volunteers. We provide support to meet many needs.

    • Link Volunteers: 01929 477114 - 01929 423587 - 07531 811375 - 01929 427576 - 01929 423918 - 01929 480932 - 01929 288177
  • Community Angels Volunteer Support

    Would you like someone to visit you for a chat, perhaps to play cards or even accompany you on a walk? Could you do with a helping hand once in a while? Community Angels could be just what you need.

    • Community Angels Volunteer Support: 01305 834866
  • Deafcommunication Services

    We are a small independent company providing communication support for deaf people to achieve independent living within Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and surrounding areas.

    • Deafcommunication Services: 07538 286406
  • Dorchester Friends In Deed

    Dorchester Friends In Deed is a church initiative which wants to improve the quality of life for isolated people, especially the elderly, in the Dorchester area by befriending them.

    • Dorchester Friends In Deed: 0800 7313703
  • Dorset Blind Association - Home Visiting

    Our Home Visiting Service provides visits by trained and vetted volunteers to members in their own homes. The service is very flexible and is adapted to each individual member's needs.

    • Dorset Blind Association - Home Visiting: 01202 712865
  • Dorset Mind Befriending Service

    Based in Bournemouth, the Befriending Service offers individual support by trained volunteer befrienders to those with mental health problems. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of clients by helping them to regain confidence and social skills so they can become self-sufficient again.

    • Dorset Mind Befriending Service: 01202 315329
  • FOCUS Befriending and Mentoring Service with PramaLife

    PramaLife can offer you, as an informal carer, help and support by introducing volunteer befrienders or mentors, to enable you to have someone to support you to access the community, or support and advise you in your caring role.

    • PramaLife: 01202 207300
  • Independent Age - Befriending Service

    Would you like to receive regular phone calls or visits from a friendly, dedicated volunteer? It's an opportunity to talk about things that interest you, or just have a catch-up and a chat.

    • Independent Age - Befriending Service: 0800 319 6789
  • Island Community Action - Befriending

    ICA offers a range of befriending services, from companionship to help with local errands, personal correspondence or perhaps just a friendly phone call or chat over a cup of tea.

    • Island Community Action: 01305 823789
  • LifeLink

    LifeLink is a buddy scheme run by Bournemouth People First. It matches people with a learning disability to volunteer buddies, so that they can do things together in the community.

    • Paul: 01202 303765
  • Marnhull Village Care

    We are an organisation which was set up in 1976 by the members of the Churches in Marnhull, to welcome all newcomers to the village and to offer help and support to those members of the community who may need it - a sort of 'Good Neighbourhood Watch'!

    • Trevor Vaughan: 01258 821636
  • Prama Life - befriending

    Volunteer befrienders are matched with people who are socially isolated or lonely and will visit them in their own homes or will take them out.

    • Prama Life - befriending: 01202 207300
  • Prama Life - pastoral care

    Chaplaincy offers pastoral or spiritual support to clients, their families, staff and others in Poole, connecting them with local churches.

    • Prama Life - pastoral care : 01202 207300
  • Purbeck Good Neighbours

    Purbeck Good Neighbours is a volunteer group who can help older people over 50 with small or difficult one-off tasks in their home.

    • Purbeck Good Neighbours: 07726 458346
  • Re-engage

    Update August 2020: In response to the COVID-19 crisis we've suspended our regular social gatherings and, with the help of our dedicated volunteers, have set up a UK-wide call companions service. Older people who are feeling alone can receive a regular friendly phone call throughout the crisis and beyond, for as long as they want it. If you'd prefer not to apply online, just give us a call on 0800 716543 (calls are free).

    • Re-engage: 0800 716543
  • Royal National Institute for the Blind - Talk and Support

    RNIB Talk and Support run telephone social groups for adults with sight loss. You can take part from the comfort of your own home using a landline phone.

    • Royal National Institute for the Blind - Talk and Support: 0303 123 9999
  • Royal Voluntary Service

    Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide practical support and companionship to help people get the best out of life.

  • Senior Befriending Service

    We specialise in helping independent seniors living alone who may not be able to get out and about on their own as easily as they used to.

    • Senior Befriending Service: 07707 983239
  • The Silver Line

    The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information and friendship to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    • The Silver Line: 0800 4 70 80 90
  • West Moors Friendship and Lunch Club

    Befriending and lunch club for older people in the West Moors area.

    • Sylvia M Barrett: 01202 892902