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

Befriending projects like ours improve life quality. These services lower anxiety and loneliness in the elderly and isolated populations. Our goal is to promote community engagement in the widest sense. We do this by fostering trusting relationships that cut across age groups and other social factors. We know loneliness can happen at any age, for any number of reasons, but there is no reason to go at it alone.

Our services are flexible, with a variety of options to meet the needs of everyone involved. We are happy to help in a way that suits you; whether it be a phone call, a visit in the garden, or a social gathering in one of our community centres. We ensure a safe environment while still meeting the social needs of our community.

There are a variety of social networks and contacts depending on where you live, but it is our goal to connect everyone who needs or wants it. We do this by working cooperatively across the entire district. For a rundown of the service, check out our brochure. If you prefer, you can head straight to the Bradford & District Befriending website. You can also read more in our leaflets on SAL Befriending and Flexible Befriending.

Our project is accredited by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. We are very proud of the high standard of our training, networking, support and safety.

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

Bingley area

Joy Mills or 07422 966141

Shipley area

HALE Project

01274 781222 or 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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