Befriending & Community Choices
People can be isolated or feel alone for all sorts of reasons – health problems, people living alone having lost loved ones and with families living some distance away, be housebound or have other circumstances which make opportunities for developing friendship difficult. Sometimes people feel alone even when they are in regular contact with others.
Through our Befriending and Community Choices research project, funded by Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Forest Homes we are working with elderly and vulnerable residents to understand what can be done, over and above befriending, to help reduce feelings of social isolation and increase confidence to participate in community activities.
Befriending is simply a supported friendship between two people; a volunteer-befriender and a member of the local community who feels isolated or alone. This provides the individual with someone they know who is there for them without expecting payment or a return of favour.
Many of the brilliant volunteers that came to us as a result of our previous Befriending Service, and who still currently befriend in Bracknell Forest Borough, are helping us with this valuable research.
If you would like to know more about our project, or would like to help in some way, please email us.
Befriending Volunteers needed in Sandhurst!
Would you like to make a difference to someone else’s life? If you have some time to spare, the Befriending Service would love to hear from you. We are currently particularly keen to find more volunteers who could visit people in Sandhurst/Crowthorne. Volunteering as a Befriender can be a great way to help your local community and to meet new people. If you’re friendly, empathetic, and able to spare some time each week, please contact: Lynn Baldwin or telephone 01344 383522.
Are you over 65? Would you like to meet new people?
If so why not pop along to our Befriending Activity Café
This is a great opportunity to meet other people, make new friends and have fun
Our Activity Café runs every Thursday from the 19th January from 2.00pm till 4.00pm at the Old Courthouse Bracknell
We will be arranging a variety of activities such as arts and crafts, games, music and much more,
If you are interested in attending please contact Diane on 01344 304404
Befriending Coffee Mornings
Mondays 10.00 – 12.00 at the Bracknell Leisure Centre Café, RG12 9SE.
February 13th / 27th
March 13th / 27th
April 10th / 24th
May 8th / 22nd
June 5th / 19th
July 3rd / 17th/ 31st
September 4th / 18th
October 2nd/ 16th / 30th