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 The befriending service aims to reduce loneliness and isolation challenges for Deaf people living in Essex. We all know what it’s like to feel a bit lonely, and so added with Deafness this can make things feel worse. Would you find it useful if a volunteer visited you at home, or contacted you regularly for a friendly chat?

How can Befrienders help?

Befrienders can provide friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis.

Befriending support can be:

  • Face-to-face; where a volunteer befriender visits you at home or accompanies you to a social event.


  • By video call; this can be webcam via Facetime or Skype

Befrienders can help by:

  • Looking at other ways that you can socialise including video call and webchat
  • Giving you information on local social groups (e.g. Deaf coffee mornings, Deaf Clubs)
  • Encouraging good health and wellbeing

If you would like more information or know someone who may benefit from the Loneliness and Isolation project, please contact RAD:

Telephone: 0300 688 2525

Text Phone: 0300 688 2527

SMS: 07851 423 866


Skype: reception_ch

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