Our Befriending service

This is May who is 93 years old, loves her Visits she talks about being on her own, for long periods and very happy to have us visit her weekly

Thank you" Gracie

Our Charity is dedicated to bringing hope to individuals and the wider community. 
We help people who face seemingly impossible barriers to find a way through, re-write their futures and flourish.
We never stop believing that with the right support, people can unlock their true potential. 

Introduce an older person

Do you know anyone who might live alone, lonely, feeling isolated or excluded?

Refer an older person now!  visit 'forms' on this website.

40% of the people we work with say they now have something to look forward to

 

Whether they are a friend, Neighbour, relative or spouse were here to help.

Delivery model include:

  • One-to-one: one person mentors or befriends another.
    • Group: a group of people come together with shared aims and objectives to learn, share and support each other.
    • One to many: an individual provides support for a number of people either in a small group together or individually.
    Delivery methods include:
    • Face-to-face: the participants meet in person.
    • Telephone: the use of telephone and telephone-conferencing, often referred
    • Internet-based: using electronic methods such as email to deliver the support.
    Often referred to as e-mentoring and e-befriending.

Become a Befriender.

 



It is a sad irony that as our population grows, so many people feel so desperately alone. A recent survey found that more than a third of people in the UK over the age of 65 are lonely, and almost half of them have felt that way for more than six years.

Loneliness looks like the customer that visits the supermarket every single day to buy one item at a time, just to give them a purpose for the day and the guarantee of being around people. It can affect everyone, but older people are particularly and increasingly vulnerable after bereavement, or when suffering from reduced mobility or limited income.

The evidence is that users feel less isolated, have a greater sense of belonging and an increased willingness to get involved in community activities. The positive impact of this relatively small intervention can be seen in both physical and mental health improvements.

See what they say,

“They provide a lifeline for me. I used to just stay in bed most days but now I get up and dressed. I take more interest in daily life.”

“My Befriender has helped me feel part of everyday life in a community again.”

JEDCT  recognises that befriending is not a cure for loneliness, but firmly believe it can be a crucial step in preventing it. We aim to be part of a cultural shift across society, which links different agencies and individuals and makes a positive impact on the lives of our most vulnerable people, before they reach crisis point.

Face to face befriending is where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their own home, popping in for a social call, having a cup of tea and a chat for example or accompanies them to an activity of their choosing such as trips to a cafe or to the theatre.
Telephone befriending is where a jedct volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat. Something simple to keep an older person engaged with people in the community.

A sitting service is simply where a  volunteer comes to your home to spend time with the person you are caring for. The volunteer will not provide any care such as personal care, but they will be able to help with basic household tasks like cooking or making a meal or going out with them. This type of sitting service is usually free and is provided by local carer services or local charities.

. Some churches offer a volunteer befriending service where people visit an older person once or twice a week to spend some quality time with them. Learning about their life and how the Salvation Army can support them in the community whether that’s offering them meals in the evening or getting the older person set up on one of their projects 


Our service is funded by us,  offering trustworthy and caring volunteers to visit an elderly person in their own home to provide companionship and support. Giving the older person a chance to talk to someone on a regular basis, getting to know each other and sharing experiences and conversations about things they find interesting.

Our Voluntary Network

The Voluntary Network was originally established by members of the community who identified the need for community transport to vulnerable people in the community to help them maintain their independence in getting out and about in the community. Since then our Voluntary Network has expanded to offer not just transport but a befriending service to older people. It’s a free service for those over the age of 65 who are not suffering with dementia or severe mental health issues.

Have you found a solution for loneliness? Or are you worried about someone and don’t know how to help?

Go to our form page and fill out  your details.

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Sharing is Caring, we created befriending because we believe in the huge power of one person taking the time to help out another, inspired by that spirit of Community.

Referral 

 If your wondering who to refer first, stop and have a think about the people you know who will benefit the most from companionship.

Do you know someone who is struggling to sort care or help for themselves or a loved one?

Perhaps there  juggling daily life and work , with looking out for an older relative.

 Perhaps they have recently moved to a new area, and can do with meeting kind, compassionate people nearby. Or they could be recovering from an illness.

Does a name spring to mind?

We are always on the look out for kind helpful People who would as the perfect companion.

Perhaps you know a carer who Wants to put in a few hours and work on their own terms.

Befriending is exactly what it sounds like, getting people together to make friends.

Connecting is aimed at supporting older  people to maintain their independence by paticipating or leading a range of activities.

Many older people living  in their own homes can become isolated and lonely. But with regular weekly visits,perhaps to read the paper to a visually impaired person, to play cards  or accompany them to the grocery shop, Communities can make a huge difference.

What service does a befriender provide?

Befrienders visit the homes of the older persons on a regular basis at a time that is convenient to both the volunteer and yourselfs.

Visits are arranged by older persons and  befriender.

A typical visit could include a sit down with tea and cakes, followed by a chat about our lives, or maybe chat and play board games.

The Purpose of Befriending
When thinking about befriending, there were four main areas we considered:
Specific – eg to enable isolated people
in NW10, to enjoy time with someone
Adapt Behaviour – encourage and reinforce positive behaviours, or reduce
unwanted behaviours
Increase Opportunities – befriending can widen the range of opportunities
open to the befriendee, enabling them to discover and experience new things, with the help of their befriender
Supportive – the befriending relationship should be built on mutual trust, understanding and support

Connecting people support is available to you, if you have physical disabilities and are aged 65 and over. The support is for  older people living in the community, who require support to maintain their accommodation and/or their ability to live independently. our service aims to minimise emergencies or crisis whilst encouraging independence and social inclusion.

Ageing in the Caribbean and the rights of older persons

The population of the Caribbean, like much of the rest of the world, is ageing. The ‘young societies’ of the past are giving way to communities where older persons form a much larger proportion of the total population.

In the Caribbean,[1]the number of persons aged under 15 peaked in the early 1970s and has been falling steadily since; the number of people of working age (15-59) will peak in the early 2020s before falling; while the number of persons aged 60 and over is projected to rise for most of the rest of the century.

At the turn of the millennium, persons aged under 15 made up 30 per cent of the population; persons of working age (15-59) made up 60 per cent; and older persons just 10 per cent of the population. By 2050, the corresponding figures will be 18 per cent, 56 per cent and 26 per cent.

This ageing of the population is a direct product of what is called the demographic transition, that is, the transition from the high fertility/high mortality societies of the past to the low fertility/low mortality societies of the modern world. Population ageing should therefore be understood as a tremendous advancement in human development.

 

Of course, fulfilment of the human rights of older persons, in the context of an ageing population, will have major implications for public expenditure. Research based on the National Transfer Accounts framework suggests that public funding of pensions and health care services will have to increase significantly as a share of GDP.[2] 

Based on an analysis of ten Latin American countries and fifteen European Union countries (EU-15), it is projected that population ageing and economic growth will see spending on public health care services rise by 3.4 (Latin America) and 3.2 (EU-15) percentage shares of GDP between 2005 and 2050. So for example, a country spending 3.5 per cent of GDP on public health services in 2005 would, it is projected, be spending around 7 per cent of GDP on health care by 2050.

The corresponding increases in public expenditure on pensions were 1.5 (Latin America) and 2.3 (EU-15) percentage shares of GDP. It is reasonable to assume that similar increases will be required in Caribbean countries.

We have found that befriending is most successful when volunteers are well
supported, have access to staff expertise and knowledge and are part of a network
of joined up services that can support a family’s needs. We do not feel the matches
we have set up would have worked so well if volunteers could not also refer families
to other types of help and support within the organisation such as one to one advice,
training workshops and community drop in services.