This year Befriended has hosted over 1000 older people for afternoon tea, held over 40 exercise classes, coached over 150 through bereavement courses, delivered chaplaincy to over 500 people in their care homes, taken coach loads to theatre trips, launched a new weekly community choir, started a grief café in two venues and shortly Befriended will host 100 for Christmas lunch!
We do all this with one full time member of staff and a part time administrator but the life blood of Befriended is the hundreds of volunteers who are always on hand to help.
Befriended is a charity born out of a desire and passion for making a difference in the lives of lonely, isolated older people living in Mid Sussex. We’ve been a registered Charity, since 2017, and offer a range of services include face to face befriending, care and residential home visits by our chaplaincy team, community events, monthly afternoon teas, bereavement courses, and Befriended Balance; a weekly exercise class for the over 65s.
God was definitely at work when we had an unexpected request to speak all about our Befriended Blankets on the radio on Sunday morning! Have a listen here…
We’re in the customer vote for a Tesco Community Grant. It’s a scheme which gives community projects like us grants of up to £1,500. Tesco customers will now vote in Burgess Hill […]
Huge Congratulations to Gail Millar our CEO and Founder on being crowned a Coronation Champions Award.
The #CoronationChampionsAwards, launched by @RoyalVoluntaryService, is all about celebrating the work of extraordinary people who make a difference in their community across the UK. A total of 500 volunteers have been selected as Coronation Champions and will receive an official Coronation Champions pin badge, a signed certificate from Their Majesties, and an invite to a Coronation Garden Party on the 3rd of May at Buckingham Palace.
Congratulations all and we hope you enjoy your celebrations!
Find out more about the awards here: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/volunteering/coronation-champions-awards/
At Befriended we run a series of regular and one-off events all year around. Please see our Upcoming events below or click Events for a full list.