If you have an hour a week to spare,
you can be a good friend

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What is Good Friends?

Volunteers will receive training to identify people who might benefit from support or advice. Where they choose, they might be matched to someone who lives nearby for general support and light tasks. As busy as our lives are, Good Friends is suitable for anyone, even with just a few minutes or more to spare each week.

Good Friends can provide all kinds of support, including:

  • Assisting an older person┬áto attend a community activity
  • Popping around for a cuppa and a chat
  • Helping with their wheelie bin once a week
  • Teaching someone how to use a phone or tablet to keep in touch with family
  • Introducing an older person person to an area they've recently moved to
  • Walking an older persons dog as they're no longer able to

The opportunities are endless, and eveyone is different, but what all of the above have in common is that these small pieces of support contribute towards helping older and disadvantaged people to remain independent within their homes for longer, and reduce the difficulties associated with long-term disability that many experience.

Supporting people in
Darlington, Craven, Hambleton & Richmondshire

The Good Friends Process for Volunteers

1.

Register to be a Good Friend

Take your first step to becoming a Good Friend by signing up online

2.

We'll process your application

We'll process your application and let you know when it's complete

3.

We'll connect you with someone in need

We'll suggest someone to visit nearby based on your interests and make an introduction

4.

We'll keep you up to date

We'll share updates of events, activities and other Good Friends opportunities near you

46% of over 65's across North Yorkshire & Darlington live alone, and many often go up to a month without seeing anyone.

Will you be a Good Friend and help fight loneliness & isolation in your area?

Join Good Friends