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.

If you would like to find out more click on the task description tab below or email

Group Befriending

We are running two social groups that are aimed to bring together isolated people who feel they would like to expand their social network. The North Lewisham Group is funded through the Neighbourhood Community Development Partnership (NCDP1). Our group members are mainly older, but please get in touch if you would like to try out the group. The groups offer a range of activities such as singing, quizzes, health walks, board games and art. There is limited space for transport and escorting to and from the group. Time and venues are:

Wednesdays, 13.00-15.00

Pepys Community Library Service Pepys Resource Centre
Old Library
Deptford Strand

Thursdays, 11.30-13.30

Lewisham Salvation Army

4 Albion Way, London SE13 6BT

Contact: Sandra on or Bettina on

A third group will commence on Thursday 14th March 2019 this group is aimed at isolated adults in the Chinbrook area and will include quizzes, arts and crafts, board games and the opportunity to meet new people in a friendly environment. The group will take place in the

W.G. Grace Community Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG. This group is funded by L & Q and ChART.

Please contact Tess on or call 020 8291 1747 or Victoria or call 020 8851 0174