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Befriending services for veterans

Befriending at Age UK

Joining Forces logoAt Age UK, we help beat loneliness through our befriending - or 'visiting' - services, where a volunteer visits or talks to an older person once a week in their own home.

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What is befriending?

Age UK offers two different types of befriending services:

  • Face-to-face befriending: where a volunteer befriender visits an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat. In some cases, a volunteer may accompany the older person to occasional hospital or doctor’s appointments.
  • Telephone befriending: where a volunteer befriender will phone an older person at an agreed time for a chat.

As part of Joining Forces, you can ask to be matched with another veteran and we'll try to make it happen.

All befrienders provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time.

What should I do next?

Get a free weekly friendship call

Sign up to our free telephone befriending service where we match older and younger veterans.

Find out if your local Age UK runs a befriending service


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For more information call the Age UK Advice Line on 0800 678 1602.
We’re open 8am to 7pm, every day of the year.

Partnering with SSAFA

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As part of Joining Forces, Age UK is partnering with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, to deliver 12 local projects across England.

Find out more about SSAFA

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Last updated: May 01 2019

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