“The chances are we’ve all been affected by loneliness, either directly or through someone close to us. We can all do more to try and make a difference and make our country a less lonely place.”  – Minister for Loneliness Baroness Diana Barran

Working with Seaton & District Hospital League Of Friends our amazing Community Befriender offers emotional support and companionship to individuals who may be experiencing loneliness.

The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.

Being matched with a befriender can provide an immensely positive impact in many people’s lives by offering a reliable, trusting relationship. The role of a befriender is, however, primarily about social contact, rather than doing practical jobs like driving, shopping or DIY or providing other types of care. If a befriender still seems right for you or someone you know then please contact us.

Meet our community befriender

I am Karen Rogers, a Community Befriender for RE:STORE.

As a befriender I purely aim to provide friendship and company to those I meet. For the more mobile individuals I can encourage and support them to try the various local social events, enjoy conversation, and more importantly create contacts and friendships with confidence.

For the less able or housebound then I’m more than happy to bring conversation, company and a listening ear into their homes. I very often play scrabble, dominos etc and encourage those who may have lost touch or enthusiasm with an old hobby or even try something new.

My aim is to reduce social isolation, improve mental wellbeing, and hopefully bring a little joy into our lives with a smile. I am not a carer or health professional nor offer advice but can guide if requested or needed to services that may benefit them.

On a personal note I have a passion for gardening, walking, swimming, and also any spare time baking and knitting. I put efforts into doing productive things for the local community supporting fundraising and special events. Casual interests include reading, live music, and cinema. I currently provide a loving home for 11 rescue guinea pigs too.