Our befriending service is just one of the many unique ways we care for people in the community and your generous donations can help us to recruit, train and provide ongoing support for our volunteers.

Meet Barbara and Mary, they were carefully matched through our Befriending Service

Barbara has lived in Tooting with her daughter Jackie for 30 years. Now in her eighties, Barbara suffers from COPD a progressive form of lung disease which causes severe breathlessness and mobility problems.

Barbara's daughter is her carer and also suffers with the same disease. This has made it difficult for her to care for her mother and simple tasks like leaving the house together have sadly become impossible.

Mary was a midwife before she retired last year and wanted to do something she felt was useful to others in her community, but also something rewarding for herself so she could keep busy. She was matched with Barbara through our befriending service and now visits her every Monday.

She takes Barbara out in her wheelchair to the shops, the local market and to the park helping to pick up prescriptions, food and anything else Barbara needs for the week. These are all simple things that make a real difference to Barbara and her daughter.

“I felt comfortable with Mary straight away- she feels more like a long lost friend. I love going shopping and so does Mary and we both really enjoy being in the park and looking at the flowers and we even talk to the birds! It’s lovely to feel the sun on my face again.” Barbara

We are appealing for donations to fund the recruitment, training and ongoing mentoring for all our volunteer befrienders. We know there are many vulnerable and isolated individuals and families in our community who could truly benefit from this service.

Please donate what you can to help us reach even more people who need our care.