Help to Connect

Help to Connect is a new service offering short term, time limited, structured support to an isolated older person. The type of support will be determined by the individuals’ needs, with a focus on enabling the individual to re-gain confidence to live more independently and re-engage in their community.

Our Help to Connect service differs from traditionally one to one Befriending, where emphasis is on building longer term relationships, to offer a time limited, structured plan of support. Befriender Enablers will work with isolated older people who may still be able to physically get out and about, but may lack the confidence to do so. Individuals who may have suffered some sort of set back or crisis in their lives such as a fall, a spell in hospital or loss of a loved one and need a little support and encouragement to enable them to get back on track. 

Help to Connect offers a great opportunity for new volunteers to get involved in their local community. The Befriender Enablers role will be to provide encouragement to enable the individual to achieve an agreed personal target over an agreed period of time. Such targets may be to enable the person to use public transport on their own, this could be achieved by ‘bus buddying’, accompanying them on local bus journeys and building up their confidence in their own ability. Alternatively they may wish to join a local exercise or activity group, but would like someone to accompany them until they get to know other people in the group and feel able to get there on their own. 

If you are interested in volunteering and would like a volunteer application pack, have a friend, neighbour or relative that may benefit from this service, or would just like to know more please click HERE or contact: 

Mandy Farr on 0113 288 0887 or email