Adult Befriending Service
The Adult Befriending Service offers befriending support to people aged 60 years or over. Our aim is to keep older people in their own homes independently for longer
Please see below for full details of the different befriending options available:
We offer a 1 to 1 befriending service which matches a trained volunteer befriender with an older person, aged 60 years or over (befriendee). The volunteer will visit their befriendee once a week for about an hour. They might take their befriendee out on trips, go to a café, visit the library or go shopping together. However, it might be that the befriendee just wants someone to visit and chat to them; to share memories or interests; to reignite their enthusiasm for a favourite hobby; or receive support with IT or other practical activities. Activities and support will be very much dependent on each individual’s needs and preferences.
Do you know someone that could benefit from having a befriender? Find out how to refer someone to the service by clicking on the I want to Refer Someone to the Service link on the right.
We also offer group befriending for people aged 60 or over and have 3 popular groups currently running. These groups are ideal if you are able to get out and about and would like to meet new people.
Colouring Group, Lambaness, Kirkwall Monday 1.30-3.30pm
Evergreen Group, Eunson Kloss, Kirkwall Tuesday 1.45-3.15pm
Games Group, Guide Hall, Kirkwall Thursday 1.30-3.30pm
Contact us on 01856 872897 to find out more about these groups.
Sometimes it takes time to find a befriender for a client; this may be due to the geographical location of the befriendee or due to the lack of available befrienders. The Telephone Befriending Service can provide remote companionship over the phone in such instances.
There are two ways to apply for a telephone befriender:
Complete the Telephone Befriending Referral Form or Complete the Referral Form for a 1 to 1 befriender and telephone befriending will be discussed as a temporary option rather than going on our waiting list.
Becoming a telephone befriender
If you would like to become a telephone befriender we would love to hear from you. Give us a call on 01856 872897 if you would like to find out more.
What skills do I need to be a telephone befriender?
- Good telephone manner
- Friendly disposition
- Ability to listen, as well as talk
- Calm manner
What are the hours/time commitment?
Flexible but on average 1 hour per week
Do I need a phone?
Not necessarily. If you do not have a phone, calls can be made from our office in Kirkwall. Alternatively if you have a phone, you can make the calls from your own home and we will reimburse the cost of the calls.
Apply now by completing our Befriender Registration Form
Currently we have 3 B.A.L.L. Groups (Be Active Long Life) in rural and island locations. The purpose of these groups is to help promote health and active ageing within local communities through gentle exercise, hosting activities with speakers and coffee and chat.
Shapinsay B.A.L.L Group – Shapinsay, Monday 10.30 am-12.30 pm. Contact Alison Meason 01856 711733
Holm B.A.L.L. Group – Holm Community Centre, Monday 2 – 4 pm. Contact Joan Macdonald 01856 781294 or Sheelagh Sneesby 01856 781332 for further information.
Burray B.A.L.L. Group – Burray Hall, Wednesday 2 – 4pm. Contact Lynn Cordock on 01856 731207 for further information
We also run Intergenerational Befriending Groups at different locations throughout the year. The aim of these groups is to get young people engaging with people aged 60 or over. New groups will be advertised here when they become available.
Gary is one of our Befrienders living in a very remote location…