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Looking for a volunteer befriender for yourself or someone else who lives in South Derbyshire?

Our Connect Befriending Service may be able to help.

Looking for a befriending service somewhere else in Derbyshire?

The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network has details of befriending services all over the county (excluding Derby City).

Thinking about volunteering as a befriender?

South Derbyshire CVS Connect Befriending Service is looking for volunteers or if you live elsewhere in Derbyshire you can search for befriending volunteer opportunities on the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network website. For other kinds of volunteering visit our Volunteer Centre pages.

*NEW* Research into the Value & Impact of Befriending in Derbyshire


Befriending in Derbyshire: An Independent Assessment of its Value and Impact is a piece of independent research commissioned by Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network and published in November 2017.  The report concludes that: 

  • Loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy - they also have a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.

  • Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence and wellbeing.

  • Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £672,000.

  • For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.69.

The research was carried out for us by independent consultants Peter Stone Consulting

Click here to download the Full Report (PDF, 1.2MB)
Click here to download a Key Messages summary of the research findings (734 KB)

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