Friendship at Home CIO is a charitable organisation started in September 2006, funded by a legacy left to Help the Aged. The scheme was started in response to a visit by a senior member of Help the Aged who spent the day with the local Handy Van. They saw first-hand the isolation and loneliness that older people face on a daily basis and made a commitment to help.
The aim of our organisation is to help combat isolation and loneliness across North East Lincolnshire and to improve older people’s quality of life. We encourage older people to once more be vital features of community life as their contribution and presence are valued and encouraged.
We offer a number of services for over 60’s, including a one to one befriending service, social activities, information and support. At our Friendship Clubs we offer chair based exercises, quizzes, regular speakers, games and day trips.
These clubs give our members somewhere local to meet where they feel safe and valued. Our members say it gives them a purpose in their week, something to look forward to.
When a person has a volunteer befriender who visits on a regular basis, experience shows us that their self-esteem and confidence grow, and they also feel valued again as someone is spending quality time with them.
Our services are open to everyone aged 60 or over residing in North East Lincolnshire, with the majority of our members facing loneliness and isolation.
Prospective members are referred to us from various sources, including self referrals, family, neighbours, GP’s Practices, Social Services, Shoreline Social Housing and L&H.
To refer someone to our services, please contact us via telephone.
Some of our members suffer with depression, anxiety, memory concerns and other mental health issues.
Others have physical conditions, which are a barrier to being socially active within the community.
We carry out a full assessment on each member and, together with the them, decide which service will most suit their needs.
All members have access to the services we provide: Befriending, Social Groups, Exercise Classes, Information, Advice and Signposting etc.
Meet The Team
The work we do would not be possible without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers! We are always looking for new people to help us make a difference. Volunteering with our charity is about establishing new friendships, sharing experiences and gaining new skills
Older people are encouraged to volunteer themselves as they have knowledge and experiences; by volunteering they give to their community but also receive something back.
For more information about volunteering with us, please see our volunteer page.