Key Facts

  • Currently running in locations across South Wales
  • Supports older people, reducing isolation and providing friendship and social interaction for people who may go months without seeing anyone

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.

For more information about Welcome Friends, get in touch on the details below.

FOR Merthyr Tydfil CALL 07788310444 OR EMAIL
robert.davies@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

FOR Rhondda Cynon Taf CALL Diane or Rhian on 07788310445 / 0782341328 OR EMAIL
diane.matheson@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

RHIAN.TAYLOR@VOLUNTEERINGMATTERS.ORG.Uk

Volunteering Opportunities run by this project:

Welcome Friends – Befriender (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Rhondda

Volunteers support and befriend people who may be isolated or lonely in the local area by making home visits and helping to organise and run social activities in community settings such as sheltered accommodation, day centres or libraries.

Welcome Friends – Befriender (Merthyr Tydfil)

merthyr tydfil

Volunteers support and befriend people who may be isolated or lonely in the local area by making home visits and helping to organise and run social activities in community settings such as sheltered accommodation, day centres or libraries.