Time to talk

Time to talk

Want to talk to someone who understands or someone who just listens? We can connect you with a friendly, trained volunteer for support. Whether you want to offload your worries, or chat about life in general, our volunteers are there for you.

The best bit? Being able to talk and offload to a truly empathetic and sincere friend who knows exactly what I'm going through. This service is invaluable, sanity-saving, and absolutely vital.

George

Someone who will listen and understand

Someone who will listen and understand

Would you like someone to talk to? Or someone to listen? We can connect you with a friendly, trained volunteer with experience of caring or the right skills. Whether you want to offload your worries, or chat about life in general, our volunteers are there for you.

When you’re a carer, it can be hard to get out and meet people and it’s common to feel isolated and lonely. Sometimes close friends and family might not understand what your life is like, or the pressures you face in your caring role.

Our volunteers are ready to talk – or simply to listen. 

From meeting up in person at a local café, to phone calls or emails, you choose the type of support you would like.

Our volunteers do not give professional advice, but they can suggest things they found helpful in their caring role, as well as organisations, groups or charities that might be useful to you. They can even accompany you to a support group if you’d rather not go alone.

What you need to know

  • You will be matched with a volunteer
  • Your volunteer will be in contact and offer support by phone, email or maybe to meet for a coffee somewhere convenient for you both (this is always outside the home)
  • All our volunteers are trained and supervised by Carers Gloucestershire and have been DBS checked.

To find out more, please email Laura Collins or call 0300 111 9000.

Maybe you could spare an hour a week to talk with a carer?  Find out more on our volunteer pages

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97% of carers recommend our befriending service

94% of carers felt at ease talking to their volunteer befriender