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  • 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 - Call In Time Service: 0800 434 6105
  • A befriending scheme for older people in Bournemouth.

    • Kerry Bidgood: 01202 530530
  • Bournemouth Blind Society offers a befriending service to those with a visual impairment who may feel isolated at home.

    • Geraldine Bradley: 01202 546644
  • We organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people in Bournemouth and Poole aged 75 and over, who live alone with little or no support from friends, family or statutory services. The afternoons are full of fun and laughter and make a real difference to the lives of our older guests.

    • Contact the Elderly: 0800 716543
  • 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
  • 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 551660
  • The FOCUS scheme offers carers emotional support and friendship through a volunteer, who is matched to the carer in terms of interests, likes and dislikes, and time available for the relationship. Some talk regularly on the phone, others meet up for coffee or a walk in the park. FOCUS is free to any adult carers in Bournemouth and Poole.

    • Friends Offering Carers Understanding Support - FOCUS: 01202 429037
  • Telephone support service providing social contact for people over 55 living in the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset areas, who are feeling isolated. This is a free service.

    • Help & Care - Telephone Support Service: 0300 111 3303
  • Home to Home Calls provides a daily phone call service specifically for the elderly and the most vulnerable members of our society.

    • Home to Home Calls: 0800 316 8802
  • 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
  • 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
  • A befriending service for clients, their families, staff and others in Poole, Bournemouth and East Dorset.

    • Prama Friends: 01202 207300
  • 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: 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218
  • No two Good Neighbours services are identical but the intention is broadly similar in every case. Namely, to offer the practical help that can make all the difference to older people - whether it's collecting a pension or a repeat prescription, walking the dog or changing a light bulb.

    • Royal Voluntary Service - Good Neighbours: 01305 236666
  • The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

    • The Silver Line: 0800 4 70 80 90
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