The Befriending Programme at MVA has been running throughout Lockdown. Since the start, they have had more than 250 referrals for people who are lonely or isolated, and need a befriender.
Volunteer befrienders can offer as little as an hour a week (although we are glad to have a little more than that!) and they telephone these isolated and lonely people. Our volunteers have been making up to 150 calls per week between them; but with many people returning to work from furlough, and referrals increasing all the time, we have a desperate need for some new befrienders.
Volunteers really enjoy the process, and get a lot out of making the calls- and some have made genuine friendships too.
If you could give up even an hour of your time a week, you could really make a difference.