The VSL befriending scheme covers Lewisham Borough and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests, the individual’s needs, and the volunteers’ motivation and availability.

Initially a volunteer will visit a service user for an hour each week, on a day and time suitable to both. However, as a relationship develops, a volunteer may visit a service user for longer.

Service users are usually referred to us by social services, health services or other professional bodies, but families can also contact us direct if they want to arrange befriending visits.

Our service users are from all walks of life and may face a wide range of issues. For example, a volunteer may befriend an elderly man who has been bereaved, a younger woman who is housebound through disability, or anyone who is isolated by low self-esteem or with few friends or family and would benefit from a friendly visitor.

Befriending involves a minimum commitment of six months from the volunteer who will need to undergo a DBS (police check) through the VSL.

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Group Befriending

VSL are delighted to be granted funding from the Deptford Challenge Trust to start group befriending sessions in the Deptford Challenge Area, which stretches from New Cross to Deptford into Lewisham. The project will bring together older socially isolated inhabitants who have been around the area for a long time and those who are new to the area. Sessions will be held in the Pepy’s Resource Centre from July 16- January 17 and then change venue to the Lewisham Art House from January 17- July 17. Sessions include board games, massage, talks, arts and craft activities.

Group Befriending Flyer