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Tackling loneliness by taking time

One in five people in the UK feel lonely and the best way to combat this is to talk with someone. We need volunteers of all ages to support lonely people in Surrey Heath affected by different life events such as bereavement, moving house, having a baby or starting university. We provide all the volunteer training so you won't need specific qualifications or education. You will just need the same skills you would bring to any friendship: an ability to listen, friendliness, sharing stories, reliability, a sense of humour, desire to help others. Our Time to Talk volunteers make a real difference to local people's lives:
James and Jim

James and Tim

Befriending volunteer James was introduced to Tim during the first lockdown in 2020. After a short spell of telephone befriending, James and Tim decided to meet in person. In order to reduce risk, Tim and James meet in Tim's garden, no matter what the weather! Tim really looks forward to James al fresco visits and James told us: “There are people that may not see or speak to another person for days at a time. Befriending allows you to change that for someone”.
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Naomi and Iris

Naomi, one of our youngest befriending volunteers, is matched with Iris. You might assume that a lady in her 90’s would have little in common with someone in their 30’s but that is not the case. Iris and Naomi have become firm friends and chat to each other every week. When asked what Befriending means to Naomi, she replied ‘always a pleasure and never a chore. It’s amazing how time flies each week on our calls and we both always feel grateful for the chat and certainly always laugh each week too.’

Lucy and June

For the last year and a half, Lucy has been chatting to June every week. They have got to know one another well and look forward to chatting to each other. June and Lucy enjoy exchanging stories and sending one another photographs. Recently Lucy took June out to the local garden centre as a treat for her birthday, they had a lovely time window shopping and enjoying a cup of coffee and slice of cake. Listen to Lucy's thoughts on befriending https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STW0CO7hfvA
If you are interested in befriending someone in the Surrey Heath community or if you know someone who would like a befriender please complete our contact form or call Elaine on 01276 402789  

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