Volunteer befriender

Our befriending service offers vital emotional support to vulnerable or lonely adults. Each individual is carefully matched with a volunteer befriender who visits every week for at least six months.

Befrienders offer their company, visiting a befriendee in their own home or providing the support they need to venture out. They promote independence and reduce isolation.

We run a befriending scheme in Westminster for isolated individuals aged 50 or above. We run a further scheme in Kensington and Chelsea supporting those aged 18 and above.

Could you be our next volunteer?

A good befriender will be empathetic, reliable, supportive and a good listener. A session might include just having a chat, taking a walk or going shopping, depending on what the befriendee would like to do. 

Our volunteer befrienders find their befriending role immensely rewarding and many choose to maintain their relationship with the older or vulnerable person that they visit long after the six month minimum commitment.

We provide every new befriender with a training session that:

  • explains the befriending role and what you should expect 
  • explores what makes a good befriender
  • covers safeguarding procedures and working with vulnerable adults 

To find out more, please take a look at the role description and contact:

For Westiminster:
Email: volunteering@octaviafoundation.org.uk
Tel: 0208 354 5681 - Hayley Tripp

For Kensington and Chelsea: 
Email: volunteering@octaviafoundation.org.uk 
Tel: 0208 354 5532 - Raksha Gadhvi