Love later life


Our Rely On Me scheme came about as a direct result of demand. More and more calls were being received by lonely isolated older people who just wanted someone to talk to.

Our aim is to deliver a service that responds to the needs of the most disadvantaged population within the Borough of Darlington.


How befriending works

Our service is very simple. We offer companionship on a weekly basis, be it at home, in sheltered accommodation or in a care home. There are no boundaries.

For client on this scheme we also offer a driver service to take people shopping, to hospital and doctor appointments, to visit their loved ones who are now in care or to visit us here at Age UK Darlington for one of our clubs or have lunch with one of our befrienders.

Befriending makes a huge difference

One of our ladies actually left her home for the first time in three years. She said it was wonderful as she journeyed to our building in Beaumont Street to join us for Sunday Lunch, 'It is so nice to eat with another human being and having so much company, I have had a great day.'

Last year we started a gardening and small task team to work alongside our befriendees. Gardens have been transformed and are now being used for the first time in many years. Locks have been fitted securing homes and thereby reducing fear.

One befriendee, who is 94 years old said, 'My husband built a love seat for us it has been hidden under weeds for years. It’s lovely to see it again but best of all I can now get out of my back door.'

If you would like to make somebody’s day or need someone to talk to and share part of your day, please contact us to find out more about our befriending service.

'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it’s the only thing that ever does.' Margaret Mead

Telephone Befriending

We need your help to support lonely older people who simple want someone to talk to. We have recently launched our telephone befriending scheme and need both men and women volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer and can you spare one hour per week to ring one or two of our befriendees from our offices in Beaumont Street, please contact Julia Pennock, our Befriending Co-ordinator using the details below.

You could make such a difference to older peoples' lives. 

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