Linking Lives Eastbourne

Linking Lives Eastbourne is a befriending service aimed at older adults who find themselves requiring some extra friendship and support, and this is provided through weekly home visits or telephone calls. We match volunteers with those who are referred to us and all volunteers are carefully selected, trained and vetted.

Our criteria for referral are over 65 years, living alone, and within Eastbourne. Please see our local website for our Volunteer application form and for ways to donate


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We accept referrals from statutory organisations such as social workers, social prescribers, GP’s and community health practitioners, charities, friends and family members or self-referrals.

Our service should be requested with the agreement of the person concerned. We regret that we may be unable to arrange visits where there are health conditions that impact significantly on a person’s ability to hold a conversation.

Our service is available to older adults living within Eastbourne. For further details please contact us on ​01323 406242.

We regret that we are not currently receiving new referrals. Our service capacity is currently reduced while we manage a long waiting list.We plan to re-open to new referrals once we are able to.

Get Involved

The role of a volunteer is to carry out a regular home visit or telephone call to an allocated ‘scheme member’ usually for one hour every one or two weeks. This contact is often a lifeline for those who are unable to leave their home very often, and who have little contact with others in the community.

The majority of our volunteers report that they have an extremely positive experience within their role and that they benefit from their experience as much as their allocated friend. We are keen to build on this mutual benefit and encourage all volunteers to look for opportunities to celebrate and honour the achievements and experiences of scheme members.

If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please get in touch with us using the form below or phone our coordinator.

Latest News

Befriending Admires Courage

Befriending Admires Courage

“I can picture him in younger days moving heavy furniture with ease and commanding the mid-field in a soccer game. I admired him greatly”. Peter Stone, volunteer, speaks about his Link Friend who passed away in November 2023. His name has been changed to protect his...

4 reasons why Churches are setting up befriending schemes

4 reasons why Churches are setting up befriending schemes

Befriending works. It changes lives. These are not new discoveries. But perhaps what is new is that churches are realising this is a great way to reach out and bless their communities.   So, why befriending?   1. It works. Barbara*, who is in her 70’s, never...

Befriending Increases Confidence

Befriending Increases Confidence

I recently met up with one of our Link Friends to see how she was getting on in the befriending scheme. It was encouraging to see what a difference has been made, not only to her loneliness, but also to her confidence. Please note names have been changed and the...

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Mary Northway

Linking Lives Eastbourne, c/o St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7ND

​01323 406242

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