** We are continuing to offer telephone befriending during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. In line with government advice, face to face befriending visits are on hold.
Age UK has also lauched a helpline offering practical and emotional support to those over 70 in Rutland, Leicester and Leicestershire, especially those who are self isolating and live alone.
To contact the helpline, call 0116 299 2239**
Friendly support for lonely and/or housebound older people.
Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland can offer free befriending and
mentoring support, matching you with a befriender who will visit or call
you on a regular basis to enjoy a chat, provide a listening ear or perhaps
support you to get out and about in your local community.
A volunteer can visit you on a regular basis to enjoy some conversation
and provide a listening ear.
A volunteer can visit you regularly for a period of time to support you to
access your community. For example, you may like to join a local activity
group but do not feel confident about getting there and back, a mentor will
attend the activity with you until you feel confident enough to attend on
A telephone befriender can call you regularly for a chat and a catch up.
How can I access this service?
To refer someone, or yourself, contact Yvonne on 01572 770324.
We would also love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering their time to support this very worthwhile and rewarding activity.
If you are experiencing loneliness or isolation elsewhere in Leicester,
Leicestershire or Rutland, please contact us on 0116 299 2233 as we
may be able to help you with alternative projects or support options from
Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland and other local charities.