How it works

The coordinator matches clients with volunteers who will visit the clients regularly in their homes.  Also, we can help people integrate with a local social group or signpost to other community groups if other help and support are needed.  Our befriending service is free.


Who Can Benefit?

Residents of Addingham, Burley in Wharfedale and Ilkley who might be

– 70 and over
– Unwell
– Restricted mobility
– Lonely
– Bereaved

and can be referred by a neighbour, family, social or health worker or themselves.



Befrienders play an invaluable role in offering friendship, reducing isolation, providing stimulation and building confidence by providing…


  • Companionship to an individual older person living in their own home
  • A listening ear, cheerful company and conversation
  • Sharing a pot of tea, reading or writing letters
  • A game of scrabble or a puzzle together
  • Potentially a trip out to a local cafe or accompany on a short walk

What you can do to help us.

Our work schedule is always busy, so we are looking for new volunteers. If you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer either drop us an email from our contact page or contact us by phone on 01943 603348. You will be invited to meet up for an informal chat so you can hear how it all works and see if you would like to be involved.  We recruit from the local community and before joining us volunteers are interviewed, have references taken up and undergo training.  Everyone is required to have a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.

Get in touch

if you or someone you know could benefit from our Schemes or you would like to become a volunteer.