We know that when you are ill it can sometimes be difficult to get out and about as you did before or to do certain day to day tasks. This can lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation. Sometimes it can also be hard to find the right person to talk about how you are feeling.
St Luke’s Befriending volunteers can help by visiting you regularly whether you are at home, in hospital, in our specialist unit or a residential or nursing home.
What support can we give:
- Sharing interests and having a chat
- Talking about your feelings or any difficulties you may be having
- Helping you get out in the community or other activities you may like to do
- Offering information about other services that could help you and those close to you.
Befrienders are not trained carers and are not able to carry out personal care activities or regular domestic tasks such as cooking or cleaning. If you need support with any of these activities please speak to your St Luke’s nurse and they will support you with getting the right help.
How can you access our service?
Speak to your St Lukes doctor, nurse or health care assistant and they will be happy to make a referral for a befriender for you.
COVID 19 update
Due to COVID our befrienders are currently providing telephone support only. When safe to do so we hope to resume our normal services