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It’s Befriending Week

Join us and make a difference to people’s lives

This Befriending Week, 1st – 7th November, join the small army of volunteer befrienders at St Joseph’s Hospice Newham Bereavement Service and make a pledge to help combat loneliness in Newham. 

Loneliness is a big issue which could be tackled by volunteers willing to offer an hour or two of their time, to provide companionship to people isolated through bereavement.

Volunteer befrienders are recruited, trained and carefully matched with people who need someone to talk to, go shopping or to the park with, or share a cup of tea. Sometimes a volunteer befriender is the only person who isn’t paid to visit their ‘befriendee’, as the only other visitors are health and social care staff.

Newham Bereavement Service offers support for adults living in Newham.  The service is for people who have experienced the death of a family member, relative or another important person in their life.  The service offers practical, social and emotional bereavement support in Newham and has provided support to over 100 people through one to one befriending sessions and group work.

Lourdes Colclough, Community Development Manager, St Joseph’s Hospice said, “As well as looking for new recruits to the Newham Befriender Service to help the lonely and bereaved in the community we would like to say a huge thank you to the thousands of volunteer befrienders across the country who make such a difference to people’s lives.”

Join us today. To find out more about being a befriender, or how to support your local bereavement befriending service, contact: Lourdes Colclough (Community Development Manager) on 020-7540-0277 or email  

Media contact: Claire Learner, PR Manager, 020 8525 3208, 07736 313698 or email   

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