Hayley Hughes at Chorley Council tells us about their befriending service Friends for You.
At Chorley we have a fantastic befriending service called Friends for You. This group supports 180 people every week (including during the pandemic) with regular contact. From the feedback we know that people are anxious about getting back out of the house and having company, as unfortunately people have also experienced loss in their social and family groups. Confidence has reduced so they need help and support in be able to make social connections again.
Friends@Chorley have worked with local cafes, including some community cafes to arrange tables that will be reserved (at quiet, set times) and a volunteer will be on hand to sit and have a friendly chat with people who want to get out of the house and start to make contact again.
The cafes benefit from having customers at quiet times, the community cafes benefit from having extra support, and the residents benefit from getting back out there again. Although it’s early days people have started to attend and have been in good company and made friends with others, sharing experiences.
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