Elderfriends

PLEASE NOTE: No individual visits are taking place, in line with Government instructions. The Thursday clubs are postponed until further notice. These measures are in order to protect all from infection by the Coronavirus.

Elderfriends is a befriending service, managed by the Volunteer Centre, aimed at lonely and socially isolated people who are over 50 years old and live in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire. Volunteers are recruited to befriend people on a ‘good neighbour basis’, and undertake informal training in listening skills, barriers to listening and personal boundaries. The Volunteer Centre has identified a number of typical areas in which help is needed, and as a volunteer, you could find yourself: visiting and keeping someone company, sharing a leisure activity, driving and escorting to places such as shops, doctors, hospitals opticians.

Who can volunteer?
Anyone over 16 who can spare a few hours a month. You’ll need to be patient, friendly, honest and reliable, and in return you’ll receive training, support and travel expenses.

How To Volunteer

If you would like to become a volunteer befriender with Elderfriends, simply click on the link below, which will download the application form. This can then be emailed or posted to us and we will contact you as soon as possible:

Download the Elderfriends volunteer application form >

Download the Elderfriends referral form >

Alternatively, you can call us on 01246 276 777 for more details.
Please note you must be over 16 years old to volunteer with Elderfriends.

Community Cafés

We have set up Community Cafes in Brimington and Chesterfield. The friendship, tea and coffee groups enable service users to get together on a weekly basis, broadening their social networks, and participating in activities. Volunteers can help run the cafes, chatting to service users, playing games with them or if you’ve got a special skill you may be able to use that.

Unfortunately due to COVID these events are not currently taking place.

News
Following cuts from the CCG to the befriending scheme, The Volunteer Centre was able to continue the service with access to funding from Adult Care and a grant from the Big Lottery. However this is short-term funding, and we will need to access further funding if Elderfriends is to survive.

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