Volunteer as a telephone befriender
As people get older, some may find they spend more time on their own. This can sometimes feel lonely, boring or make people miss friends or family.
We offer free telephone friendship services for older people so they can enjoy chatting with someone over the phone, all from the comfort of their home.
One of our services matches volunteers with older members of the public to have a weekly 30-minute chat together.
As a volunteer, you'd befriend someone who's 60 or over. It's a fun, safe, easy way to get to know someone new from the comfort of your own home. Lots of people tell us the chats are the highlight of their week.
How does it work?
- You sign up and start your volunteer application online. This involves completing references, online training, passing an ID check and having an interview with our team.
- We match you with a suitable older person based on your interests.
- Age UK will then connect you with your telephone friend to begin your weekly calls.