Norfolk Befriending Service

Norfolk Befriending Service

Norfolk Befriending Service volunteer helping with gardeningArthur is 79 and cares for his wife, who has dementia. His wife no longer recognises him and over the years Arthur has lost touch with his friends due to the demands of his caring role. He lacks confidence to go out and spends his days at home.

Arthur enjoys gardening but is no longer able to manage his garden alone. There are currently more than 26,000 unpaid carers like Arthur, living in Norfolk, who provide over 50 hours of care each week to a family member or friend who need help because of an illness, frailty, disability, or a mental health issue.

Are you an unpaid carer in Norfolk like Arthur?

Do you find it difficult to take part in a hobby because of your caring role?

Norfolk Befriending Servive volunteer helping with shoppingThe Norfolk Befriending Service matches volunteers with unpaid carers to offer regular companionship at home, as well as supporting them to use services in their community, or to provide practical support such as dog walking, collecting prescriptions or help with shopping or gardening.

The service can also offer companionship for the cared for person at home, to help make it easier for the carer to get out into their local community.

Want to know more?

If you are an unpaid carer or know someone caring for a family member or friend in Norfolk, our Befriending Service may be able to offer support.

If you would like to ask for befriending support for yourself, a family member or friend, or if you are referring someone in a professional capacity, please complete this form to let us know about the situation.

If you have any queries regarding the Befriending Service, please contact Mel Ford on 07720 343393 or email [email protected]

Looking to volunteer?

We are always looking for volunteers to make a difference to the lives of unpaid carers in Norfolk. Find out more about a rewarding role with our Norfolk Befriending Service.
The Mercers' Company Trustee to The Earl of Northampton's Charity
Thanks to The Earl of Northampton’s Charity, via their sole Trustee, The Mercers’ Company, for supporting this project.

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Page last modified: 5 June 2024