"Isolation creeps up on you and I had no idea what was happening to me until I took up your offer of telebefriending."
Mrs Jones* in a letter to Friends of the Elderly
Befriending removes the barriers to kindness by simply matching a volunteer befriender with an older person.
The older person enjoys the visit or call which keeps them more active and independent. The volunteer enjoys socialising and gets a buzz from helping someone out.
Befriending schemes can promote their work and share good practice through the VitalLinks members' network.
If you need a befriender or would like to volunteer, search the VitalLinks befriending directory.