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Get support from a volunteer befriender

Our befriending services provide support and companionship for deaf people and those with hearing loss who are at risk of isolation. This support is currently only available in certain parts of the UK.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means we’ve paused our face-to-face meetings, but our befriending services are still running remotely.

How we can help

In Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, our befriending service supports older deaf people who use sign language and are at risk of isolation in care homes or the community.

Find out more about our deaf befriending service in this short video:

Befriending services in other areas

We run befriending service for people with hearing loss is in:

  • Teeside
  • North-east Essex
  • Isle of Wight
  • Wales.

These services can support you to:

  • have a one-to-one conversation with someone who understands what it’s like to live with hearing loss
  • get information about managing hearing loss during the coronavirus outbreak
  • stay social and have fun.

In some areas, we organise social meet ups, but these have been paused due to coronavirus.

Many of our hearing aid support services also offer remote befriending services to support people who may be struggling with their hearing aids during the coronavirus outbreak.