Search

Volunteer befrienders sought in north Norfolk

11:00 05 May 2013

Natalie Hickman Voluntary Norfolk

Natalie Hickman Voluntary Norfolk's befriending service coordinator

Archant

A volunteer group is looking for people to befriend elderly residents across north Norfolk.

Voluntary Norfolk has linked up the Victory Housing Trust, and is looking for befrienders to visit some of the 55pc of residents who are aged 65 or over in a bid to improve their health and wellbeing.

It is seeking new volunteers in the North Norfolk area who can make a commitment to meeting with a resident once a week, for around two hours at a time.

It might involve sitting and chatting, going for a walk or taking a trip out to a cafe or the cinema. Both parties can get a great deal from the partnerships, which usually last for 18 months, although many progress to become enduring friendships.

Voluntary Norfolk’s befriending service coordinator, Natalie Hickman, said: “The benefits reported by people who receive visits from befrienders include greatly increased confidence and positivity, a new interest in life and a greater sense of wellbeing and security. This helps people to maintain a higher level of independence for longer and decreases or delays the need for other support such as social service intervention or hospital care.”

Contact Natalie Hickman, befriending service coordinator, on 01263 510 701 or email natalie.hickman@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk.

0 comments

Other news

Starry skies pics by Steve Burbidge - Binham

A spinning starry sky swirls like a giant vinyl record behind a north Norfolk landmark.

Yesterday, 15:09
Police would like to speak to this man about the theft of alcohol from Morrisons in Fakenham.

They’ve released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from a supermarket in the town.

Yesterday, 14:52
Launch of the new CCTV system in Fakenham Town Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

People in three Norfolk towns are protected by CCTV cameras again.

Thu, 18:08
Food stars launch event at London: Keith Emmerson from the Norfolk Sloe Company

East Anglian family businesses have been listed among the nation’s 50 most promising food and drink entrepreneurs in a new government initiative.

Most Read

Yesterday, 15:09
Police would like to speak to this man about the theft of alcohol from Morrisons in Fakenham.

They’ve released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of alcohol from a supermarket in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:52
Launch of the new CCTV system in Fakenham Town Centre. Picture: Matthew Usher.

People in three Norfolk towns are protected by CCTV cameras again.

Read more
Starry skies pics by Steve Burbidge - Binham

A spinning starry sky swirls like a giant vinyl record behind a north Norfolk landmark.

Read more
Thu, 12:59
The empty shops in Bridge Street, Fakenham, where Costa hopes to open

A national coffee chain has been given the go-ahead to open a store in Fakenham, bringing two empty shops back into use.

Read more
Thu, 10:56

They say the incident happened sometime between 12.40pm and 1pm on Sunday, February 22, when two men were picked up by the victim, a man aged in his 60s, in his taxi at Letheringsett.

Read more

Most Commented

Thu, 12:59
The empty shops in Bridge Street, Fakenham, where Costa hopes to open

A national coffee chain has been given the go-ahead to open a store in Fakenham, bringing two empty shops back into use.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition