We know that when you are ill or frail it can sometimes be difficult to get out and about to do certain day to day tasks. This can lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation. 

Trinity’s Befriending Service matches trained volunteers with people who are living with a progressive, life-limiting illness or who are elderly and frail. Volunteers provide social and practical support as well as providing a valuable short break for friends and family who are caring for someone at home.

Trinity’s Befriending volunteers can help by visiting you regularly at home and providing support like:

  • having a chat
  • helping you attend appointments or go shopping for essentials
  • playing board or card games
  • helping you take short walks or other activities you may like to do
  • offering information about other services that could help you

Trinity's Befriending Volunteers

All our volunteers are aged over 18 and are fully vetted and trained before they are matched to you. Trinity’s Befriending Co-ordinator will liaise closely with you, your family and other professionals involved in your care to ensure everything is going well with the service. We will always make sure you are only visited by someone who you like and trust.

Hear Justin’s story about befriending at Trinity

Who can use the service?

Trinity’s Befriending Service is available to anyone in our catchment area aged 18 years or over who is frail or has a progressive, life-limiting illness. Our catchment area covers the boroughs of Lambeth, Merton, Wandsworth, Richmond, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

How to find out more or get referred

Most people are referred by a healthcare professional such as a GP, District Nurse or Support Worker. Alternatively, you or someone close to you can refer directly so please do get in touch by phone (020 7787 1063) or email the Befriending team. The team is available Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm. Outside of these times please leave a message and someone will call you back.