L&Q Befriending Service
We were funded by London & Quadrant to provide a 1 year pilot service to support to L & Q residents in Bexley who may be particularly vulnerable to social isolation or loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. This service has been extended to the Royal Borough of Greenwich from February 2017.
We know that isolation can have a negative effect on individuals: doubling the risk of dementia, tripling the risk of heart conditions and having an effect on mortality. The focus of this pilot is to support older people(L & Q tenants) on low incomes, carers, BME groups, individuals experiencing poor mental health and those with limiting conditions.
We are also keen to recruit volunteer befrienders that are themselves L & Q residents.
The service will create an environment where people can connect and be socially engaged with their neighbours, communities or people with similar interests and have positive outcomes of reducing social isolation,improve inequality and increase residents health and well-being by giving them greater choice and control over their lives, increasing their independence and enabling them to participate equally in society.
If you would like to become a Volunteer Befriender or if you would like to make a referral please contact Lynda Munns our Volunteer Coordinator on:
01322 336086 or 07903 043363, or email email@example.com
Please click on links below to view the service in detail.