Our befrienders will usually visit their befriendee about once a week for an hour or so and provide genuine 1-1 and face to face contact.–  because of the recent pandemic new friendships are starting with telephone contact until visiting can start again and people are happy to make this changeover. The timing of visits or calls is entirely flexible, and the scheme prides itself on being non-bureaucratic – so not about form filling or paperwork – just about people! 

If you find other people stories, experiences, and viewpoints to be interesting, stimulating and challenging then you will feel valued and offer value to someone who will really appreciate your company and time.

There is no time limit for being a friend – your friendship will continue for as long as you want it to and the rewards on both sides can be truly long lasting.

We cover the whole of Tandridge. The matching of befrienders with befriendees is based on compatibility rather than location and we particularly need to be able to call on more male befriender volunteers for friendships across the district.

What skills do I need?

If you enjoy caring, sharing, listening and chatting then you will make a wonderful befriender – and you will make a genuine difference to the life of someone else.

Being trustworthy, honest and reliable is important in any relationship and particularly so when the person you make contact with may be vulnerable, or lacking in self esteem or confidence.

  • Disability
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Befriending & Buddying


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Availability Details

A minimum of an hour a week at a time to be mutually agreed.

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