Cyril Flint Befrienders is a charity dedicated to ending social isolation and loneliness in older people by making new friendships in the communities we operate in.
We recruit, train and DBS check volunteers and match them up with a local older person with whom they have shared hobbies or interests to encourage a long lasting friendship. Last year 93% of our befriendees said they felt less lonely as a result of having a befriender and 74% less isolated.
Our volunteers commit to visiting their befriendee for a minimum of an hour per week and this usually takes place in the older persons own home. The friendship gives the older person a connection to their community again and the weekly visits gives them something to look forward to each week.