We are starting a befriending project at Mossley Hill church in the near future, to try to alleviate loneliness and isolation in older people locally.
We know there are a lot of people who live far from their families or have been bereaved and now have very little contact with others.
The service will ‘match’ volunteers with clients based on interests and personalities and we hope that friendships will result. We already have a number of volunteers who have been trained and they will visit their friend once a week for conversation and companionship and health permitting, maybe outings.
Once the service is up and running we’d like to expand to lunch groups and other social events and we would also like to extend the project to other churches in our area. To ensure that the service is run well, we need to appoint a part-time coordinator.