What is Befriending?

The Befriending Service supports LGBTQ+ people aged over 50 with the aim of reducing social isolation and connect people with other members of their community.

How does it work?

The befriending role involves meeting up with someone once a week for around an hour or two. We will match you with someone who is right for you, where you both have similar interests. We will also come with you to your first couple of visits to help you both get to know each other.

As a befriender you might:

  • Support your befriendee to attend a social group or outing like one of the events we run each month
  • Visit them in their home,
  • Go to the cinema with them or for a walk
  • Assist with tasks such as making cups of tea, reading and general correspondence if appropriate.

 As a befriender you will need to:

  • Keep an updated confidential record of all contact, visits and phone calls to report back to the Befriending Coordinator. 
  • Inform the Befriending Coordinator whenever you have any problems or concerns.
  • Attend any relevant peer befrienders’ meetings and training sessions (at least two a year).
  • Meet the Befriending Coordinator at least once a year.


A befriender will not be expected to undertake any task which would normally be done by a paid member of staff.

Want to join our team?

We currently have limited vacancies for befriending volunteers from all sections of the community. But we are particularly interested in hearing from people from POC and trans and nonbinary communities who are interested in becoming befrienders, specifically to match with people from those communities.

If you would like to join our volunteer team as a befriender, please fill in our Application Form, Declaration form and Equalities and Diversity Monitoring Form below. 


If you have any questions about the application process or volunteering roles, please email [email protected]

Thank you for your support and we look forward to you joining our team very soon!