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befriending project

What is Befriending?

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a Befriender often fills a big gap. Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. 

Rescare’s Befriending Project is designed to help families of those with a learning disability who are experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation to enable them to start to feel connected to other people in a positive way again.

For some, this might mean being encouraged to take small steps and connecting via telephone or engaging in face to face.  Each person is different and we help people to find the best way for them to feel less isolated, take control of their lives and gain a sense of belonging.

Request a Befriender

Welcoming a Befriender into your life might sounds like a daunting and scary prospect – but please don’t let this put you off!  Volunteer Befrienders are interested in people, sharing views, experiences and stories.  They’re there to spend an hour or two a week with you in order for you to build a reliable, warm friendly relationship.  We take a lot of care in selecting the right Befriender for you and we base this on the things you tell us you enjoy and the kind of person you would like to be your Befriender.

We take time to assess everyone who volunteers as a Befriender with us, please be assured that your privacy and confidentiality are paramount to us.


Get in touch to find out more by emailing 


Download form below and send back to us: 

Rescare Befriending Referral Form

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“Befriending is an outlet, support, reassurance for people who would otherwise have nobody to turn to.”


Rescare Volunteer Befriender