The Welcome Friends project runs across Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil. The project works to reduce social isolation amongst over 50s through 1-1 befriending, encouraging people to take up activities or join groups, setting up new social groups, crafting groups of various kinds and volunteering.
Loneliness and isolation cause depression, erode self-confidence and have been recently proven to shorten lives. Welcome Friends improves quality of life for older people by working with them to break down or accommodate the difficulties faced by those who are not out and about, but also add more to those whose lives are manageable.
Volunteering with Welcome Friends is a satisfying and rewarding experience. You need to be able to give an hour a week of your time to visit a lonely, sometimes isolated person in their own home. Your companionship can encourage them to seek interests in a local activity group or just enjoy a cup of tea and a chat with you. We will apply for a DBS check and take up two references from your friends or colleagues and then arrange for an informal training session before introducing you to a new friend.
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