Befriending Service

As a befriender you could provide companionship to an older person in your community who is living alone or who are housebound due to illness or mobility issues or socially isolated.

The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before. Befriending Service would not be able to function properly without the dedication of our volunteers who get involved and help all older people to make the most of later life. Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging. With the Befriending service and the help of volunteers, we provide services and support at a local level to inspire, enable and support older people to live fuller live.

What do befrienders do?

We all know what it’s like to feel lonely, but did you know that nearly half of all people aged 75 and over live alone? One of the ways you can help is by volunteering to befriend an older person in your area.

What you will get out of it

▪ It’s a direct way to make a difference to someone’s life

▪ You get to support a great cause, while giving something back to

your community

▪ You get to be part of a wider, friendly team.

Volunteers tell us it’s fun, and you might make a new friend.

What is expected of you?

In preparation for becoming a befriender, volunteers are supported to complete a recruitment and matching process. This can take up to eight weeks as Garda Vetting and references check is required for the role, but it is often completed much sooner. Once matched you will usually be asked to visit the older person you are matched to on a regular basis. This could involve a visit for around an hour, every week, over a long period of time.

To apply, please contact the

Community Befriender Organiser: Sarah Breslin

on 086 7858799 or email