Befriending and Visiting Service
Our Befriending and Visiting Service has a team of local Volunteer Friends who meet or visit people in Pulborough and West Chiltington who are experiencing loneliness or social isolation.
We already provide a valued Community Transport Service and well attended Wednesday Lunch Club and are acutely aware of the significant levels of loneliness experienced by people living in our community.
Our Befriending and Visiting service has a wonderful team of Volunteer Friends who make a huge difference by giving as little as 1 hour a week to visit someone lonely, either in their home or meeting in the local community.
Our Volunteer Friends are carefully matched with the people we visit to create reliable and supportive friendships that aim to support and encourage through regular visits. Visits are usually weekly and could involve meeting for a cup of tea and a chat, playing games or cards or going for a walk, attending a local group or activity or doing some shopping together.
The service is supported by Pulborough Medical Group and has a Steering Group to help guide the project. The Steering Group is chaired by Dr Tim Fooks (former High Sheriff) and includes the Senior Social Prescriber from Pulborough Medical Group and the Chair of Age UK, West Sussex.
We are accepting referrals from Pulborough Medical Group for people who live in Pulborough or West Chiltington and are over 18 years old. If you wish to self-refer or refer someone directly, please contact our Project Co-ordinator who will discuss the service we are able to offer with you. You can find more information about our service in our leaflet below.
If you would like to join our team of Volunteer Friends (or help us with Social Media or Marketing) and make a difference to someone in your local community, please contact our Project Co-ordinator who would be delighted to hear from you.
For more information on the Pilot Phase of the project (November 2022 – April 2023) please read our report which is attached below.
For more information, please contact Lynn our Befriending & Visiting Co-ordinator: Lynn@pdcca.org.uk or call 07305 020595 (message service).