Different organisations offer befriending support for people in different circumstances - have a look at the organisations below and see if there is someone out there who could offer support to you.
The St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society arranges volunteers who can visit elderly and other vulnerable people at home or in hospitals and hospices, in residential homes, and in offender institutes. The volunteers offer company and contact for people, and can assist with practical tasks such as shopping, decorating, gardening, filling in official forms and ensuring people receive the benefits to which they are entitled.
Opening Doors London runs a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender befriending project for older LGBT men and women who may be more isolated and cut off from society in general and specifically from the LGBT community.
Befriending Plus is a befriending service for people who are over 65 and living alone, and whose GP is based in the Central London area.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 604 8818 for more information.
Age UK arrange befriending services for older people in many areas - contact their local office for more information:-
Alternatively visit the Age UK website or call Age UK's national telephone friendship service, Call in Time, on 0800 434 6105 (Freephone).
The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain
The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain provides befriending and other support for older Irish people living in London.
Mind - befriending for people with mental health problems
For information about befriending services especially for people with mental health problems, you can contact your local branch of MIND.
The Octavia Foundation
The Octavia Foundation provide a befriending service which offers vital emotional support to vulnerable or lonely adults. Each individual is carefully matched with a volunteer befriender who visits every week for at least six months.
Neighbourcare is a befriending organisation offering a range of services to people, especially older people, living in NW8, W9, and nearby areas in Westminster. They have several Spanish speakers amongst their team of volunteers.
Tel 0207 586 5153
In-Deep offer a befriending / home visiting scheme for older people living in South Westminster, and a range of other social activities.
Henna Befriending Service
Henna Asian Women's Group runs a befriending service which is open to all individuals who are in need of extra help to improve their social circle. They will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live anywhere in London.
Find out more about their befriending service
The Royal Voluntary Service
The Royal Voluntary Service organise befrienders for older people across the United Kingdom, with a Visiting Service in Kensington and Chelsea that would help with anything from having a volunteer dropping in for a cuppa, going with you to the shops, or even just changing a light bulb.
DeafBlind UK offer a befriending service for people with combined sight ad hearing loss.
runs the Befriending an older person project where volunteers are matched with older people and visit them regularly.
The Passage match former rough sleepers who may be socially isolated with volunteers from all over London. Partnerships can last up to a year and support tenancy sustainment by linking people into local services and setting goals.