Volunteers wanted to befriend the lonely in Derbyshire

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A new website aimed at recruiting befriending volunteers across Derbyshire has been launched.

The website is run by the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, a group of organisations which provide befriending services to adults across the county.

The aim of the network is to help isolated and vulnerable adults have regular friendly contact with people.

More than 750 volunteers give an estimated 1,570 hours each week to befriending people across Derbyshire to help prevent people from feeling lonely.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Clare Neill, said: “Befrienders make such a difference to people’s lives and there are more and more people who would like to benefit from the service, which is why it’s so important we recruit more volunteers.

“Befriending services operate throughout Derbyshire so it should be easy for people to find an organisation near them which can support them or which is looking for volunteers.”

Visit www.derbyshirebefriending.org.uk for more information or call network co-ordinator Kerrie Fletcher on 01283 219761 or email befriending@sdcvs.org.uk