We're on a mission to ensure everyone in North Yorkshire & Darlington gets the support that they need, and it all starts with you.
Good Friends offers a fantastic way to put back into your community and support someone nearby in need of help. The level of support you wish to commit is entirely your choice, even if you have work commitments and limited free time to get involved. As little as a half hour per week can make a big difference in the life of an older or vulnerable person.
Our Good Friends Connectors will work with you to match you based on your interests and abilities to people within your area who are in need of a little extra help. They'll also offer support and advice so you will never feel you're dealing with situations alone. There are training opportunities too, including safeguarding and dementia friends.
Here are a few great reasons to get involved:
Join a team with award-winning experience in voluntary work and discover a new you.
Take your first step to becoming a Good Friend by signing up online
We'll process your application and let you know when it's complete
We'll suggest someone to visit nearby based on your interests and make an introduction
We'll share updates of events, activities and other Good Friends opportunities near you
Registration takes about 5 minutes
Champions are active within their communities, helping others in their area to learn about the service
We want to support as many people as possible, and we can only achieve this with the support of dedicated volunteers who are active within their communities. If you're interested in championing Good Friends in your area, we can provide you with training and support to identify people near you who could benefit from Good Friends.
For instance, you might look to setup a regular Good Friends forum in your area to share information and find support from other likeminded people involved.
If you run a service or activity in your area, we can can help with support and promotion. Similarly, if you do run a community group or activity, we can signpost to your service where appropriate.
Our 'Connectors' offer a wealth of information that could be useful to someone near you.
If you'd like to spread the word about Good Friends in your area, we can supply materials and offer support to achieve this. As part of Good Friends, our services include:
If you're interested in sharing information, perhaps at your local community hall or café, get in touch with us today.
If you have a skill you can share, you could run an activity that benefits others in your area.
With a quarter of the UK population classed as "inactive" - doing less than 30 minutes of activity per week, physical and creative activities are essential to providing good quality of life.
We offer a range of groups and activities across the area, with many ran by dedicated volunteers who give their time to help others. Activities include:
Activities like these can all contribute to a strong sense of community to those who attend, so if you have a skill or talent to share, starting an activity is the perfect way to do it. We can help you with identifying a venue, promoting the activity and finding volunteers to help you deliver it.
Working with community partners, we can offer a range of specialist roles
We support a wide range of older and disadvantaged people through Good Friends, some experiencing difficult issues such as dementia, bereavement and others in need of specialist support.
We can offer roles that build your skills in a range of areas, including:
If you have a specific interest or expertise, get in touch with us to discuss how we can work together to improve the lives of older and disadvantaged people near you.