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If you’ve stopped doing things you used to enjoy, or would like some companionship while you try something new, then Essex Befriends can match a befriender with you and get things going. Befrienders will visit people at home or call for a regular chat.

Essex Befriends is a partnership service covering the Essex, excluding unitary Southend and Thurrock. 

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Thank you so much for arranging my Befriending, I laugh so much more now and my friends say that I am always smiling – Jo

The initiative aims to find innovative ways to reduce loneliness in our community, and improve health and wellbeing in isolated people across the county. 

If you know someone who might benefit from this service visit the dedicated site here.

We have been receiving referrals from a wide range of agencies and currently have a recruitment drive for anyone who would like to join us in the rewarding experience of being a befriender, find out more here.