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Wellbeing Friend Volunteer

Wellbeing Friend Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
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Older peopleWellbeing
This is an Open Mental Health volunteering role
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We're looking for volunteers who would like to visit an older person in their local area for a friendly chat once a week.

Detailed description

The free Wellbeing Friends programme is for those older people who feel lonely and are not mobile enough to take advantage of our Walk & Talk programme.

This role involves joining an older person for a gentle walk and chat once a week, for 16 weeks initially.


The aim of this role is to help reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation, build confidence and improve the physical and mental well-being of your client by providing good company and the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being out in the open air.


Walk and Talk is an element of our Wellbeing service. It is free and very popular so we are always desperate for new Volunteers to join the team wherever you are in Somerset or North Somerset. 


Full training is given. The key requirement for volunteers in this role is that they enjoy talking and listening.





  • Volunteers must be over 18.
  • References and a DBS check are required for this role.
  • This role requires that volunteers can commit to 16 weeks, and have a good level of mobility.


Volunteer Outcomes

  • Meet new people
  • Feel happier
  • Sense of belonging
  • Improved Self-esteem
  • Sense of Purpose
  • Sense of Achievement
  • Feel Less Lonely
  • Improved Social Skills
  • Improved Relationships
  • New Friendships
  • Being Active
  • Feeling part of your community


What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Age UK Somerset

Age UK Somerset's mission is to improve life for the older people of Somerset and North Somerset.

There is much to celebrate about getting older, but our later years can also prove challenging: loss of confidence, lack of mobility, financial pressures and suffering from loneliness and isolation are just some of the issues our local older people face.

We offer a wide range of popular and well-used services and activities specifically developed to meet the needs of the over 60s and we need Volunteers to help us run them. These include our Wellbeing Service - including Walk and Talk, Wellbeing Friends and Friendly Phone Calls - Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy ‘Memory Connections’ groups, Information and Advice service and lots of fun Ageing Well activity sessions. These services can not be provided without the support of our wonderful Volunteers.

As a Volunteer, whatever time you can afford to give and whichever of our many roles you decide suits you the best, your contribution will be helping more older people to enjoy a happier and healthier later life.

NOW more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP…. A lot of older people are turning to us for support and these services can only continue with the support of people like you.