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Everyone needs friends - but making that first step can feel hard.

South Derbyshire CVS befrienders and buddies are there for adults of any age who are feeling isolated or finding it difficult to get out and do the things they would like to do - whatever the reason. Whether it's a friendly phone call, a regular visit or someone to go with you to take part in activities in the community, we may be able to help.

Or why not make a difference by volunteering to be a befriender or buddy?

To find out more contact us on 01283 219761 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Befriending Hits the Airwaves

South Derbyshire CVS Befriending Coordinator Louise Scott appeared on the Sally Pepper Show on Radio Derby yesterday (7th November) along with befriender Jane Nicholson and befriendee Edith Parker to talk about their experience of CVS’s befriending service. This was arranged in collaboration with Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network to raise the profile of befriending during Befriending Week 2017.

Listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05k2kyh

The first piece is live at 45:40, then there are two more recorded pieces at 1:46:20 and 2:32:10.

 


 

Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact

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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.

 For more information on this report please click here.

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