Befriending

Befriending

There are many people who are isolated and lonely. This can lead to them being referred to our Befriending Service. Often, theirs can be the only friendly face a customer sees in days.

Enrolling with Gentoo’s Befriending Service means if you’re feeling lonely you can benefit from a friendly face, or you may really enjoy befriending someone else. Loneliness is unique to each individual and there are a variety of causes. But what we do know is that loneliness can have a wide range of negative effects on both physical and mental health. One way to help combat loneliness is to offer to do some volunteering or take up an activity that you enjoy.

Gentoo offers the free Befriending Service to our customers which can make a huge difference to their lives. Our volunteers spend time with customers who are socially isolated and lonely. This may involve simply popping in for a chat or going out for a cuppa. It can be a weekly or fortnightly visit depending on time commitments and needs.

You can benefit from Gentoo’s Befriending service if you area Gentoo customer, living in isolation or have less than two visits a week from family or friends.