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Befriending an older person

For many older people who live alone or without social companionship, life can be more stressful than it needs to be. And if they are housebound or have restricted mobility, or suffer from a long term illness, all this can lead to increased levels of depression and anxiety.

One way for an older person to have an improved quality of life is to meet regularly with a caring visitor with whom to chat, have a cup of tea or a meal, and maybe go out shopping or to a place of interest.

Would you like to help someone like this by becoming a befriender for One Westminster’s Befriending Plus project? If you want to volunteer for this personally rewarding role, then we would like to hear from you. You’ll need to have great enthusiasm and a strong sense of commitment to helping older people lead better lives.

If your application is successful, One Westminster will train you and then match you with a suitable older person. 

To find out more, either phone Natalie Castro  on 020 7535 0497, or email her.



  • You don’t need any previous experience to volunteer with us, but you do need patience and good social skills.

  • You’ll be prepared to commit to two hours a week, for at least six months.

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Training is provided for all our volunteers and includes:

  • An Introduction to Befriending session that explains the role, responsibilities and boundaries, confidentiality, safeguarding and One Westminster’s organisational policies.

  • Where necessary, further training will be offered in such subjects as First Aid, Dementia Awareness and other topics.

An enhanced DBS check will be provided free of charge by One Westminster.



Your travel and refreshment expenses will be reimbursed according to the guidelines outlined in our One Westminster policy document.