Befriending

ALONE Befriending Service

ALONE’s Befriending provides companionship to older people who are socially isolated through a weekly volunteer visit.

The service is designed to alleviate the negative impacts loneliness has on mental and physical health.  Volunteers are trained and supported by professional staff.  If the older person’s needs change, staff also work with them to coordinate the additional supports they need to age at home.

Who is ALONE’s Befriending Service for?

For anyone who is over 60 and has limited social contact or feels particularly isolated and lonely.

 

The Role of the Befriending Volunteer

  • Provide companionship by visiting one hour a week
  • Provide small practical supports where necessary and appropriate
  • Volunteers are not there to support with home help or care assistants tasks
  • All our volunteers are trained, Garda vetted and supported by experienced mentors

 

The Steps Involved

An ALONE Support Coordinator will then call to the older person’s home to carry out a full assessment.

  • The Befriending Service is explained in detail
  • When a suitable volunteer becomes available the older person and volunteer will be introduced by a member of ALONE staff or experienced volunteer
  • Once the older person and the volunteer are happy with the match they will arrange future visiting times between themselves
  • ALONE carries out regular check in-phone calls to ensure visits are going well
  • All volunteers receive training and are supported through a mentoring system

 

ALONE Events Programme

We also run a series of events including an annual summer holiday, quarterly dinner dances, monthly cinema clubs and a series of smaller events for those who use our Befriending Service or those who are ALONE Residents.

Befriending Network Ireland

Further information on Befriending Networks outside of Dublin is available here.

Make a referral

Download a Referral Information Sheet

Download a Befriending Referral Form