How to become a volunteer befriender

Make a difference to someone’s day …an hour of your day goes a long way!

Join our Community Companions befriending project to help socially isolated people within Bridgend County Borough. Help them to meet new people, improve access to local services and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

We are recruiting and training volunteers aged 16 + to befriend people who may feel isolated and lonely for various reasons. 

Imagine going days or weeks without seeing somebody or not being able to get out of  the house? An hour of your time to visit someone or to help them participate in community activities can make a huge difference to their day.

Our volunteers may befriend a person by visiting them in their own home for a couple of hours a week, accompany them to go shopping, support them to go to medical  appointments, visit a community café or various other social activities and clubs.


A simple guide to becoming a befriender:

  • You must be aged 16 or over;
  • We ask that you can commit to a minimum of an hour a week over a three month period;
  • You will be expected to attend our free training with other new volunteers before being placed;
  • Travel expenses will be paid if you travel to support a person, although we will try to place       
    people in their local area as far as possible to minimise costs;
  • Your befriending support for a person is completely confidential;
  • You will have to undergo a DBS check at enhanced level which is free of charge;
  • You will receive full support from our Project Officer during your time as a befriender.

Further information can be found by downloading our:

| Volunteer's guide to becoming a befriender in Bridgend County Borough |


Contact us: 

For further details, contact Tracy at BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]