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Befriending

making new friends

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. There are many organisations in Carmarthenshire that run befriending services. These services often fill big gaps in people’s lives who have become socially isolated.

A befriender can offer you:

  • Someone to talk to and share a coffee or tea with
  • Someone to attend groups with
  • Someone to help you learn new activities with

Useful links

Here are some useful links to help you find a befriending service:

  • Age Cymru Sir Gâr - Social activity groups have been set up throughout Carmarthenshire.
  • MIND Befriending Sir Gâr support and companionship to people who have mental health needs.
  • Deafblind Cymru - Befriending service for people with combined sight and hearing loss
  • NHS Direct Wales search the directory for befriending groups in your area.
  • Contact the Elderly holds monthly tea parties for people over 75 who live alone. Volunteer drivers collect people around 3.00 on a Sunday and return them home late afternoon.
  • Community Network is a national organisation which runs telephone friendship groups facilitated by volunteers. These enable people who find it difficult to get out to speak with like-minded people over the telephone once a week for an hour.
  • Alzheimer’s Society: Our community support service, Side by Side, connects you with a trained volunteer to give you the opportunity to do more of the things you enjoy, either out in the community, or at home. Some examples might include going to the park, going to the cinema, picking up an old hobby, trying a new leisure activity or just staying at home and chat.

Page updated on: 31/08/2017

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