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ALONE Befriending Service
ALONE’s Befriending provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit.
This service is for anyone who is over 60 and has limited social contact or feels particularly isolated and lonely.
Befriending Networks exist all over Ireland. For more details, click here: https://alone.ie/befriending-networks-ireland/
The Role of the Befriending Volunteer
The Befriending service is run by volunteers, whose role includes:
- Provide companionship by visiting one hour a week
- Provide small practical supports where necessary and appropriate
- Volunteers are not there to support with home help or care assistants tasks
- All our volunteers are trained, Garda vetted and supported by experienced mentors
How the Befriending service works
An ALONE Support Coordinator calls to the older person’s home to carry out a full assessment.
- The Befriending Service is explained in detail
- When a suitable volunteer becomes available the older person and volunteer will be introduced by a member of ALONE staff or experienced volunteer
- Once the older person and the volunteer are happy with the match they will arrange future visiting times between themselves
- ALONE carries out regular check in-phone calls to ensure visits are going well
- All volunteers receive training and are supported through a mentoring system
Contact Alone today if you or a loved one wish to enquire about this service. To find a Befriending Network near you, visit Alone’s website here: https://alone.ie/befriending-networks-ireland/
Telephone: 01 679 1032
Email: [email protected]