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Now Closed

The Bradford and District Befriending Network connected elderly people and those experiencing social isolation with friendly individuals in their communities. 


Befriending 2009-2023

Now Closed

Please see Bradford District Befriending website for details of current Befriending Projects across Bradford.

Our History

Shipley Area Links (SAL) Befriending was run in partnership between the HALE Charity in Shipley and Community Action in Bingley.  The SAL scheme supported people in Shipley, Saltaire, Baildon, Bingley, Cottingley, Harden and Nabwood.  It was funded by the Lottery Partnership.

The service was accredited by the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation with their Approved Provider Standard.

For 13 years we offered a flexible service with home and garden visits, walk and talk and telephone befriending. Our advocate service offered support on a range of issues and our specialist befriender supported people to access groups and activities.

Why volunteering is so important!

Volunteers can make a big difference. As a result of our befriending activity 96% of our clients felt less lonely, and 82% felt less anxious.

If you would like to find out about other volunteering opportunities please call 01274 271088 and ask to speak to Senta Romero or Lesley Danson.

Click here to read some of the case studies from our previous scheme and the difference Befriending is making to people’s lives

For more information about specific offerings and how to get involved, please reach out to the appropriate contact for your region:

Shipley area

HALE Project

Read more on the HALE Project website

Ready to join?

​If you are ready to read the volunteer specification or apply to join the network, you can download the forms here:

Volunteer Role Descriptions

Telephone Befriending

Flexible Befriending

Volunteer Application form

This program would not be possible without our generous volunteers or our part-time staff. We are also grateful to the National Lottery Fund, which has supported Shipley Area Links Befriending through various grants since 2009.

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