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Gift an hour of your time!

In the spirit of the festive season, many people reflect upon their life over the course of the past year and choose to give the gift of their time, dedicating it to those who are less fortunate.

If you are able to find an hour during the hustle and bustle this festive season, we want to ask you to consider giving an hour of your time. Volunteering with Cyril Flint Befrienders can make a huge difference to an older person’s life, particularly if they have no immediate family or friends to spend time with.

Our aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness, not only because it is so sad to think of older people feeling this way, but because of the mental and physical impact loneliness can have on people; research has found that loneliness and isolation can be as damaging to a person’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Older people who access our service not only report feeling less lonely, they also tell us that having a befriender has helped improve their self-esteem and makes them feel good.

You could choose to visit and befriend an older person in their home; take them out to their local shops or even become a telephone befriender. Alternatively you may want to dedicate your time to helping out in our office or fundraising for us.

There are many ways to truly make a difference!

For further details contact us today on 0161 942 9465 to find out how to gift an hour of your time.

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National Befriending Week 2016

This year National Befriending Week is being celebrated 1st – 7th November. We firstly want to say a huge, huge thank you to all of our volunteer befrienders for the time they dedicate to helping combat loneliness and isolation in the community.

It’s a very saddening fact that many older people find themselves feeling alone, lonely and isolated. This could be for many reasons, such as they do not have any family, they have outlived their friends, their family live far away or perhaps they have limited mobility and can’t get out and about without help. Whatever the circumstances, it is upsetting to think of people who live in our community being lonely and not feeling like they have a friend.

Cyril Flint Befrienders was established in 2012 after Cyril mentioned to his Care Worker that he was going to be spending his 23rd Christmas alone. An ad was put in the paper about this and evoked a wave of compassion throughout the local community; so many people were interested in helping that an informal befriending service was formed, which later became a registered charity. Our aim is to help combat loneliness and isolation in the community through befriending. We match lonely older people up with volunteers who live or work nearby and who can spare an hour a week to visit them for a cup of tea and a chat!

In 2016 so far, Cyril Flint Befrienders has befriended 111 older people in Greater Manchester, that’s 111 hours a week that our volunteers are giving to help combat loneliness and the physical and mental impact it can have on people. We cannot thank our volunteers enough, for their dedication and commitment in maintaining a friendship with their befriendee and often going above and beyond to have a positive impact on their befriendee’s lives. Through just one hour a week befrienders can fill a huge gap in a lonely older person’s life; giving them someone new to talk to; giving them something to look forward to each week and most importantly being a friend and letting them know they are not alone.

If you want to get involved, please contact Alison:

Alison.mckenna@cyrilflint.org

0161 942 9465