PLEASE NOTE: Individual visits are taking place, in line with Government instructions. However, the Thursday clubs are now closed due to lack of funding.
We are also very keen to take on new volunteer befrienders, so please don’t hesitate to apply below.

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 or Make a Referral

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.

You can also refer someone who may benefit from our service (please note there is an extensive waiting list):

Download the Elderfriends volunteer application form >

Download the Elderfriends referral form >

Alternatively, you can call us on 01246 276 777 or email janet@chesterfieldvc.org.uk for more details.
Please note you must be over 16 years old to volunteer with Elderfriends.

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