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...
Gateshead Two’s Company Telephone Befriending
Gateshead Two’s Company Telephone Befriending is a befriending service aimed at adults who find themselves requiring some extra friendship and support, and this is provided through weekly telephone calls. We match volunteers with those who are referred to us and all volunteers are carefully selected, trained and vetted.
At present we are unable to accept any new Referrals due to a shortage of Befrienders. We are in the process of seeking out extra volunteers and will update the page when they are ready to go! We apologise for any inconvenience.
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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.