b:friend – helping to reduce social isolation in Doncaster

What is b:friend?

b:friend aims to reduce social isolation for older neighbours in the community by pairing them with a volunteer befriending who will safely visit or call each week for a bit of social connection. These friendships, often intergenerational, offer a wellbeing boost allowing an isolated person to feel connected and part of the community.

Feedback we’ve received from GPs, link workers and, social prescribers and residents in Doncaster reiterate that increased social connectedness and wellbeing leads to an improvement in the health of individuals.

Who can b:friend support?

b:friend is able to support people aged 65 and above that live alone and do not require more specialist support, such as living with a diagnosis of dementia or acute mental health needs.

How can I start to receive support?

To refer, you can complete an encrypted form on the b:friend website – if you are doing this on behalf of someone, you can do this once you’ve acquired the consent of the older neighbour: http://bit.ly/bf-refer

There is no cost to be involved in the project and all our volunteers are Enhanced DBS checked and trained.

Where can I get further information?

Any enquiries please contact: info@letsbfriend.org.uk, 07523 698530 or visit their website.

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