Time to Talk

Please consider volunteering for an hour each week for time to talk to help us tackle loneliness in Surrey Heath.  We are recruiting a team of volunteer befrienders to assist the lonely by keeping people company.  People can feel isolated for a number of reasons including ill health and life events such as, bereavement, moving house, having a baby, starting university and retiring.

As many as 18% of adults have expressed that they feel lonely often or always and loneliness figures for all ages have risen in recent years. 

Why volunteer?

Befriending has a valuable positive effect on lives. As a volunteer you will not only brighten someone’s day, you will meet new people, learn new skills and make a difference in your community. Befriending is a flexible volunteering role which can fit around other commitments. 

How we support Volunteers?

  • Volunteers are matched with people with similar interests.
  • Induction/training is thorough.
  • We stay connected to ensure that volunteers get ongoing support

What Skills do I need?

  • An ability to listen
  • Friendliness
  • Reliability 

Who Can time to talk Help?

time to talk is a service aimed at any resident of Surrey Heath regardless of age or means.

It is a free service run by trained volunteers who give their time to keep others company.

If you have been feeling lonely and would like someone to visit you please get in touch. You may be in need of a friend to take you to the library or out for a cup of tea.

How to get involved

To let us know how you would like to be involved in the Time to Talk project, send us an email at: timetotalk@voluntarysupport.org.uk or call us on 01276 707565 

“Lonely is not being alone, it’s the feeling that no one cares.”