This is a free service. To make a referral, or enquire for yourself, please ring the Befriending team at CARM on 01233 758122 or email us below:
Our suite of befriending services provide a regular volunteer visitor; a telephone call; a regular email or help with contacting family and friends with technology for people unable to leave home without assistance and who are therefore socially isolated. We prioritise visiting those who live alone and who do not use day services.
The service covers all of Ashford and Folkestone & Hythe districts, with CARM providing the service on Romney Marsh and the surrounding areas, and Ashford and Kent Coast Volunteering providing the service in the rest of the two districts.
Visits are weekly or fortnightly, for an hour or two, and provide the person we visit with a chance to have a chat and have someone who has the time to listen. Telephone calls are once to twice a week and can last for 5 - 20 minutes. Email befriending provides an opportunity for volunteers and clients to chat whenever and wherever it is convenient.
Our volunteers have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and are given an induction and on-going support by a paid Service Co-ordinator.
The word ‘loneliness’ expresses the pain of being alone