Befriending to expand

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A befriending service is being expanded into Bury St Edmunds and the organisation is looking for volunteers to sign up.

The Voluntary Network and Age UK Suffolk have created a partnership supporting older people who may feel lonely and isolated. Currently operating in Newmarket it is looking for volunteers who can visit people in their own homes on a weekly basis offering companionship and support.

Volunteers will be fully trained and supported. People are referred to the service by GPs, health professionals, social services, families or can refer themselves. They are visited by the befriending co-ordinator who will explain the service and ensure a good match with an apropriate volunteer. They can also identify if further support is needed.

To offer your time please contact The Voluntary Network on 01638 608048 or go to