Get Involved

Get active in your community and support someone in need

One-to-one Support

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:

  • Directly support people in need of support within your community, making an invaluable contribution.
  • Meet new people and socialise with likeminded individuals
  • Learn new skills, improve your CV with volunteering and take optional training
  • Feel valued and be part of an award-winning team.

Join a team with award-winning experience in voluntary work and discover a new you.

To date we've
recruited over 800
Good Friends

The Good Friends Process

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

Join Good Friends

Registration takes about 5 minutes

Other opportunities you may be interested in...

Become a Good Friends Champion

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.

Signpost to our services

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:

  • One-to-one support via Good Friends volunteers
  • Access to Information & Advice, helping to secure over £1.9m in unclaimed benefits for older people last year (AUKNYD, 2017/18)
  • Access and recommendations to community activities
  • Signposting and referrals to specialist services where appropriate.

If you're interested in sharing information, perhaps at your local community hall or café, get in touch with us today.

Activity Group Leaders

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:

  • Ukulele and Guitar classes
  • Craft and Knitting Clubs
  • Zumba, Tai-chi and Yoga
  • Local community lunch clubs
  • Day Trips, and much more.

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.

Specialist Volunteer Roles

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:

  • Dementia Good Friends - Training to help you support people living with dementia.
  • Information & Advice Volunteers - Gain skills to provide advice and support on a range of issues such as benefits, housing and generalist advice.
  • Veterans Support - If you have a military background, you could help other veterans in need of help and support.

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.