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What is CarelinK Befriending Scheme?

  • A one to one befriending scheme for older people who live alone.
  • Who can use the scheme?

  • Older people living in and around Keighley.
  • How does it work?

  • CarelinK matches individual older people with their own volunteer befriender.
  • What do befrienders do?

  • Befrienders visit older people to have a chat, to play cards or perhaps to take a short stroll.
  • How often do befrienders visit?

  • For an hour or so each week.
  • How much does the service cost?

    The service is FREE but donations to the scheme are most welcome.

    How does CarelinK work?

    Older people can refer themselves to CarelinK or can be referred by anyone who is involved with their care.

    When a person is referred, we will visit them at home to discuss their needs.

    We will introduce the person to one of our befrienders as soon as an appropriate volunteer is available.

    The same befriender will visit, usually for an hour or so each week, at a mutually agreeable time.

    The befriending relationship can continue for as long as it suits the needs of the client and the availability of the volunteer.

    The befriending relationship will continue to be monitored by the project co-ordinator.

    Who can use CarelinK Befriending scheme?
    CarelinK is for older people over the age of 65 living in Keighley and surrounding villages who live alone and don’t have many visitors.

    Older people can become isolated for various reasons such as:

  • Bereavement

  • Ill- health

  • Reduced mobility

  • Following a stay in hospital

  • When relatives move away

  • Loss of confidence

  • Who are CarelinK Volunteer Befrienders?
    CarelinK Befrienders are people aged 18 to 90 who volunteer to give their time freely.
  • Befrienders are vetted, DBS (police)checked and provide references.

  • Befrienders are reliable, patient and friendly. They are good listeners and enjoy the company of older people.

  • Befrienders usually offer their services for a minimum period of six months.

  • Befrienders receive appropriate training and on-going support.

  • Volunteer befrienders are unpaid but are reimbursed by Carelink for travel costs and out of pocket expenses.