West Cornwall Befrienders - Penwith Community Development Trust

West Cornwall Befrienders

West Cornwall Befrienders

West Cornwall Befrienders is a project to help people over the age of 18 overcome loneliness and social isolation. Our volunteers befriend a lonely or housebound person and visit them for just one or two hours per week on a regular basis. This provides much needed company for people who  cannot get out of the house due to old age, illness or who have little or no family locally that can visit.

How to get involved

Many older, housebound and disabled people in West Cornwall may benefit from a weekly visit from a volunteer befriender. If you or someone you know may find this service helpful or if you could volunteer for just one or two hours per week on a regular basis we would love to hear from you. For an informal chat and further information please contact Beccy Trahair 01736 334676 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What will my commitment be?

As a face-to-face volunteer you will need to be able to meet with the person at least once a week, and we would ask that you commit to volunteering for at least a year due to the time taken to earn trust and build relationships. You will need to be confident to volunteer alone and within a private individuals’ house. Use of a car would be desirable due to some remote locations, although we try to match you in your local area. Training and ongoing support will be provided.

You can volunteer as a face-to-face befriender, a telephone befriender or both. All of our befrienders need to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

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