Gloucestershire Rural Community Council


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Friends for You - Countywide Befriending

Friends for You offers regular social contact at a time when a person might be feeling cut off from their community – through ill health, bereavement or because family and friends are scattered. Research suggests that being isolated can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Befriending Service

We introduce you to a local, reliable volunteer who visits you regularly in the comfort of your own home to spend time together, maybe reminisce about days gone by and share a cup of tea.

We all know how important it is to have someone we can rely on to come and see us regularly, especially if we are house-bound and this is where the befriending scheme comes into its own. We can also help signpost you to other services if you need them.

What next?

If you feel that this service is of interest to you, please do get in touch with Sue Black, co-ordinator of Friends for You and she will arrange to come and see you (in complete confidence).

Interested in helping us?

If you have got an hour a week to spare, why not volunteer for us and spend it in the company of someone who will really appreciate your time.

After all, it only takes an hour to make a difference to someone’s life. Full training and support is provided together with an opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and forge new friendships.

Contact Sue on 07810 630167 or email






This project is managed by GRCC with funding from Gloucestershire CCG