Welcome to Time to Talk Befriending
Loneliness and social isolation has become a huge problem within society both nationally and locally. Loneliness can affect people of all ages however it is proven that the older generation are more vulnerable due to:
- Problems getting out of the house due to poor mobility.
- Health concerns which mean they need more help.
- Family who might have moved away or work full-time.
- Loved ones who have passed away.
For many older people loneliness is an unwelcome feeling of loss. The fear of loneliness alone is said to cause more anxiety than a lack of money or deteriorating health. In fact loneliness is proven to cause early loss of life.
At Time to Talk Befriending we believe our elders should be honoured and respected – not forgotten. Yet there are literally thousands of older people living in our local neighbourhoods who feel invisible and alone. It is therefore time for change!
Maintaining friendships and remaining active are two key factors to improving wellbeing in later life. We therefore cannot advocate befriending enough! Not only do strong friendships develop bridging the gap between generations, but some older people said they felt worthless and didn’t want to live anymore until they were matched with a volunteer for much needed companionship and ‘time to talk’.
But don’t just take our word for it! Check out our Why Befrending? page for individual testimonies from our scheme members and volunteers.
Volunteering as a befriender provides much needed friendship for older people who might otherwise be alone and feel cut off from society.
Befriending is a mutually rewarding experience which is life giving - so if you have a heart for older people, live in Brighton and Hove, Adur or Worthing, and would like to make a difference to help reduce feelings of loneliness among the older population then please don’t hesitate to contact us today!