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Befriending Schemes


Here are some local befriending schemes that might be useful for you:

NHS Volunteer Responder Service – Check In & Chat - 0808 196 3646

Calls may be requested on a one-off basis, or perhaps as a regular check in, from someone who:

  • Has ever been advised to shield by a health professional.
  • Is vulnerable for another reason, (for instance, due to disability, pregnancy, aged over 70, has a long-term condition such as Parkinson's or epilepsy, or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition).
  • Is someone with caring responsibilities.
  • Is self-isolating because they’ve been diagnosed with coronavirus or have symptoms, or they’ve been in contact with someone who has.
  • Has been instructed to self-isolate by the ‘Test and Trace’ service, because they’ve been near someone infected.
  • Is self-isolating ahead of planned hospital care.
  • Has been instructed to self-isolate following entry into the country.

Age UK Telephone Friendship – 0800 678 1602

Regular telephone friendship service. We match over-60s with a friendly volunteer for a weekly chat. Our service has helped create hundreds of new friendships, and many people tell us their calls are the highlight of their week. To get started, just tell us a bit about yourself and we’ll do the rest.

A 24-hour helpline service. This is run by our partner charity, The Silver Line. It’s a free 24-hour helpline which people can call for a chat, day or night. Whatever the reason, we’re here to listen.

Befriending Buddies Bexhill – 01424 215116

Our Befriending Buddies are volunteers that can provide you with a regular visit in your home for a coffee and a chat or perhaps to escort you on a walk or a trip into town.

Hastings HEART - 01424 235290 

HEART have launched Home Connect which is a new service which provides up to six weeks of free practical and emotional support for people finding life a struggle at home.

HVA Membership

Hundreds of organisations active in Hastings have joined HVA.  

Its free to join and members can benefit from a range of services.


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