Do you know someone who would enjoy some extra company? Loneliness can affect people in very different ways and even if an older person has family and friends, they may still have times when they may feel lonely or are in need of friendship. Age UK North Tyneside’s befriending services offer older people a chance to share their stories, make a new friend and connect with someone outside their usual social circle. Befriending volunteers offer supportive, reliable friendships to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Befriending volunteers are empathetic and good at talking and listening. Befriending is fun, safe and easy. Lots of people say these chats are the highlight of their week. Call 0191 2808484 Option 0. If you are interested in volunteering call 0191 2877011 to express an interest.