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Our Befriending Service offers support and friendship to those affected by life-limiting illnesses and who are socially isolated.
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.
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.
The Befriending service is staffed by a team of Befriending volunteers who have also undergone training and an Enhanced Check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Any clinical service within the Hospice, GP’s, Specialist Nurses, District Nurses or from any health professional involved with the patient.
Barbara Harris, Bereavement Co-ordinator - 0191 529 7100