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Befriending Service


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Only Health Care Professionals can make a referral to this service.

Our Befriending Service offers support and friendship to those affected by life-limiting illnesses and who are socially isolated.

Befriending Service

What is Befriending?

Befriending is a service provided by St. Clare’s Hospice which offers support and friendship to those affected by a life-limiting illness who are socially isolated and who are over the age of 18.
The Befriending service is staffed by a team of trained Befriending volunteers who have also undergone an Enhanced Check with the Criminal Records Bureau.

What will a Befriender do?
  • Visit once per every week for up to a two hour period
  • Provide company and conversation
  • Read with you
  • Help with practical tasks such as writing letters
  • Provide emotional support
  • Accompany you to medical appointments or local outings or events
  • Encourage a wider network of contacts

What will a Befriender not do?
  • Attend to any personal care
  • Moving or Handling
  • Domestic duties

How does it work?

You will initially be referred to the Befriending service by a Health Professional who is involved in your care. Your particular interests and needs will be taken into account and then you will be matched to a suitable volunteer who will be your personal Befriender.
Your Befriender will initially meet you at your home for your first meeting. Suitable arrangements can then be made for future visits should you prefer to go to local outings, events or be accompanied to Hospital appointments.

You and your Befriender will agree meeting times which are convenient for you both. The duration of the meetings will depend on your individual circumstances but would normally last between 1 – 2 hours once a week.


Who can make a referral?

Any clinical service within the Hospice, GP’s, Specialist Nurses, District Nurses or from any health professional involved with the patient.


Contact / representative:

Barbara Harris, Bereavement Co-ordinator - 0191 529 7100