Befriending services

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Most befriending services involve in-person visits, but there are also a range of befriending services where someone calls or emails you on a regular basis. We’ve split this page into services aimed at older people in general and services aimed at specific groups – some of which are available to younger adults too.

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Services for older people

Call In Time (Age UK)

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/services/befriending-services/sign-up-for-telephone-befriending/

  • National befriending service run by Age UK, the largest such service in the country
  • Offers a weekly 30-minute chat on the phone at the same time each week
  • Available to anyone aged 60 and over

Silver Line Friends

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/telephone-friendship/

  • Very similar to the Call In Time service, but open to people aged 55 or over
  • Offers a weekly 30-minute chat on the phone at the same time each week

Independent Age

https://www.independentage.org/get-support/receive-regular-phone-calls

  • Similar to the services above, but no specified minimum age – you just have to be an “older person”
  • Offers a weekly 30-minute chat on the phone on a regular basis

Re-Engage Call Companions 

https://www.reengage.org.uk/join-a-group/

  • Aimed at people aged 75 or over 
  • Call another person every fortnight or week for a 30 minute chat 

Specific groups

Opening Doors London

https://www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk/telefriending

  • A befriending service for LGBT+ people over the age of 50 
  • Weekly calls up to 30 minutes

DeafBlind Befriending

https://deafblind.org.uk/what-we-do/befriending/

  • Befriending service for people with reduced sight and hearing
  • Offers a regular call or contact via e-mail
  • No specified age limit

National Autistic Society E-Befriending

https://www.autism.org.uk/directory/search-results/pg=1~sid=1045538~s=1/resources/1835.aspx

  • A service for people over the age of 16 on the autism spectrum
  • Contact is done by e-mail

General chat services

Quarantine Chat 

https://quarantinechat.com/

  • A free phone service that connects you with people all over the world 
  • Facilitates “serendipitous conversations” – sign up to receive calls at random times and chat one-on-one with someone about anything 
  • Your phone number stays private so nobody can use the service to get your details 
  • You can make yourself unavailable if you’re busy 
  • Not a managed service unlike other options on this page