West Norfolk Befriending works with socially isolated older people living in West Norfolk. Many of their clients are socially isolated due to their role as a carer, or due to a long term physical disability or sensory impairment.
West Norfolk Befriending aims to reduce social isolation and improve life quality by matching isolated older people with a trained CRB checked, and fully inducted volunteer befriender, who will visit them on a regular basis. In addition to offering regular visits such contact helps clients maintain their independence, improves quality of life, identifies risks to health & environment, and where possible facilitates reintegration to community life.
In order to receive the service an assessment is undertaken at your home, and then you will be introduced to a volunteer befriender. All befrienders are reference and police checked, a full induction is undertaken and ongoing support given. As part of the service volunteers will bring to you any relevant current information about other services for example Careline or Fire Risk Assessments.
At least twice a year a social event is held for all clients, volunteers staff and trustees. In January this was held courtesy of Sandringham Visitors Centre and a summer event is usually held in Dersingham.
If you are interested in receiving the service or becoming a volunteer, (we particularly need more male volunteers ) or to support the organization please visit our website or contact the office.