Lots of us lead busy lives and it can be hard to find time to volunteer. Cyril Flint Befrienders offer a flexible model of volunteering structured to suit you. Once you are matched with a person to befriend you are able to decide between yourselves when visits take place. Perhaps weekends may be better, or you are able to pop to visit someone on your way home from work – as long as you can commit to an hour a week it’s easy to factor volunteering into your weekly routine.

Our befrienders come from all walks of life and range from to 18 to 76+ and include students, parents of young children, part time and full time workers and retirees.  You are likely to be suited to befriending if you enjoy talking to others and love to listen.

The benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, gain confidence and even advance your career. Perhaps you are keen to get something to update your CV or gain new skills. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.

The role of a befriender is an intensely rewarding one. We see many long term friendships develop and flourish. It’s mutually beneficial and gives you chance to make a real difference to another person’s life.

Additionally, you will receive ongoing support as a volunteer with us. We are on hand to help with any queries throughout your volunteering journey and love hearing your befriending stories! We run volunteer social events throughout the year and our volunteers often come together to help out with our fundraising events when they can.

We are also delighted to be able to offer free training for our volunteers in the form of distance learning programmes with Stephenson College. Topics include Dementia and Mental Health Awareness and you can do up to five courses a year.

All we ask prospective volunteers is that you are 18 or over, able to commit to an hour a week and happy to undergo a police DBS check. Alternatively, if you can’t commit to an hour each week or don’t think befriending is for you, but you want to get involved, consider one of our other volunteer roles: Fundraiser, helping to raise vital funds to keep our charity operating and reaching lonely members of our community; Admin Assistant, as you can imagine there’s lots of work going on behind the scenes to keep the charity running smoothly, we’re always pleased when people can spare some time to help out in our offices; Telephone Befriender, taking the time to call an older person once a week, breaking up their week and giving them a new friend to talk to on the phone. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss joining us in our mission to end loneliness.