Our aim is to help reduce feelings of loneliness and social isolation among people over 60 who live in and around the village of East Leake. The Befriending Group started in 2008 and is part of the Community Care Association which has been active in the village for over 40 years.
Our Volunteers – What Do Volunteers Do?
Our volunteers keep the person company in their own home for a couple of hours per week -have a chat, offer a listening ear. They offer friendship and relieve isolation – brighten someone’s day with a visit, everyone gets lonely from time to time; and they keep them up to date with local events & services.
Our volunteers have been interviewed and have supplied references. We also carry out checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) .
What Volunteers Can and Cannot do
The volunteer is expected to listen and chat , in other words , to act like a neighbour or friend just popping in to see
How to Contact Us
You can contact us yourself or ask a friend or relative to do it for you. We will consider your interests and preferences when matching you to a volunteer.
The Befriending Group is now part of the East Leake Community Care Association and can be contacted through: Chairperson – Maggie Gordon, tel 01509 853866 or the Secretary – Rosemary Barrow, tel 01509 856202.