Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network
Befriending services are offered through voluntary organisations. They provide opportunities for social interaction if you are feeling isolated through illness, disability, mental illness, old age or social disadvantage.
A befriender can offer you:
- someone to talk to who will listen to you
- someone to go out for a coffee or tea with
- someone to share a leisure activity with
- someone to attend a group with you.
Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network (opens in a new window) ensures that isolated and vulnerable adults across Derbyshire are able to find befriending services. The network is made up of different organisations across the county who can provide befriending services.
All organisations who are part of the network have been quality-approved, so people accessing these services can be confident that they are safe and well run.
The Trusted Befriending Network is managed by South Derbyshire Community and Voluntary Service (CVS) and they maintain directory of trusted befriending providers in Derbyshire. The directory is attached to this page.
Or visit the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network and find befriending services in your area.
Be a befriender
You could become a befriender as a volunteer (opens in a new window).
Become a befriending champion
You can apply to be a befriending champion (opens in a new window) if you work or volunteer in a community setting or are a member of a community group or club. You need to enjoy talking to and listening to people from all walks of life.
Become part of the Trusted Befriending Network as an organisation
Membership of the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is free. It is open to any organisation delivering befriending services in Derbyshire. Members must have achieved, or be working towards, the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network quality standard. Please contact the network coordinator:
tel: 01283 219761
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Befriending Services in Derbyshire (452KB)
- Trusted Befriending Network Factsheet - June 2015 (46KB)
- Be a Befriending Champion (318KB)
- Befriending Champion poster (351KB)
- Befriending Champions training and micro-grant funding support (291KB)
Information on other websites
- Community Directory Derbyshire (opens in a new window)
- Independent Age - befriending (opens in a new window)
Organisations that can help you
Here's a list of organisations from the Derbyshire Directory that will be able to provide help, support or advise you further. Click on the headings for more information about how and where to contact each organisation.
Age Concern Chesterfield and District
Working for older people in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover area. An information service, along with a careline - telephone befriending. Advocacy service for care issues.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire
Charitable organisation providing services for older people, their carers, friends and families. Offers information and advice service, advocacy, befriending, insurance, information roadshows, hou…
Amber Valley CVS (Centre for Voluntary Services)
Amber Valley CVS is the local organisation for the districts voluntary sector and the main provider of support for local voluntary and community groups. A member of NAVCA (the National Association for…
Belper Thursday Club
Social club for men and women over 50. Speakers, outings, quizzes, etc. Refreshments provided.
Bolsover Elder Citizens
Holds sequence dancing and various other social events.
Breaston Elder Citizens
We are a social club for the elderly. We play bingo, quizzes, have entertainment and speakers. We arrange outings six times per year.
Friendship for all ages and offers a programme of planned events. Lunch meeting once a month.
Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Guild
Meetings held from September to June. Talks, slideshows, demonstrations, meals out, visits to museums, churches, other places of interest. The Guild will be 50 years old in 2010
Creswell Self Help Group for Elderly or Disabled
We collect our members from home to spend an afternoon with old friends and new. They play games - dominoes, whist and bingo. We also have trips out for meals, theatre, racing etc. Transport home a…
Derbyshire Dales Careline
Careline makes a free, daily telephone call to elderly, disabled, lonely, isolated people living in the South Derbyshire Dales to have a chat, ensure all is well, give help and information. It support…
Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes
A very large countywide federation with our head office in London. Aims to bring women together for company, knowledge, friendship and experiences.
Dove Holes Over 60's Club
Our club have sequence dancing on Monday evening and on Tuesday afternoons we get together for games such as whist, dominoes and bingo.
Eckington Elderly People's Friendship Club
We operate a social club for the over sixties offering bingo, cards, dominoes, line dancing, outings in summer, anniversary tea party and a Christmas dinner party.
Eckington Parish Over 60s Club
Meet for social activities, for example, bingo, entertainment, speakers, day trips, pie and pea suppers, raffles, parties, turkey and tinsel weekends, spring holidays.
First Taste (Matlock)
A pioneering educational arts charity who believes the quality of life of older and frailer people in care home settings can be enriched and improved by taking part in stimulating activities.
Flamsteed Club for the Retired (Ilkeston)
Provide a venue for people to meet for social activities, friendship and outings.
Fresh Start Singles Social Group (North Derbyshire)
A social group for single people in Derbyshire. Regularly enjoy meals out, cinema, discos, theatre, trips out, weekends away, quizzes, bridge playing, countryside walks, dancing, some sporting acti…
Glossop Community Companions - Car Scheme/Befriending/Shopping
Community Companions provides emotional and practical support for isolated people in the local community. Community Companions are available to any adults in Glossopdale who have difficulty participat…
Goldies, The (Clowne)
Social evening - we play bingo, have raffles and serve refreshments.
Helping Hands Club (Clowne)
We play bingo, have a raffle, tea and biscuits. We have three trips to the coast each year and go out for pub lunches.
Independent Age (National)
National charity that offers financial help and friendship to older people.
North Wingfield Church 'Natter and Nosh'
This group is for people who are housebound and over 60 who enjoy meeting to chat, have refreshments and play dominoes and cards. There is a community bus with a lift and trips to various places are…
North Wingfield Darby and Joan Club
Weekly meeting for exchange of information, playing games of bingo/ cards and refreshments are served. Group outings organised.
Olive Branch, The (Brampton)
Drop in centre offering friendship to the local community. The aim of the group is to support the elderly and the lonely. Provides various activities, free refreshments and a warm welcome to all regar…
Readycall supports people who are isolated, vulnerable or lonely, people living with disabilities and health issues including cancer and those who care for them. With the help of volunteers we provide…
Ripley Friendship Circle within Ripley Salvation Army
A place to meet in friendly surroundings. Meet, make and be a friend. The circle has six volunteers to support members in different ways. Social outings also take place.
Ripley Neighbourhood Care Scheme
This scheme provides a luncheon club, activities, coffee/tea and biscuits. Its aim is the provision of a service to alleviate people from becoming housebound or lonely. It allows people to meet their …
Ripley OAPs Tuesday Club
The club arranges entertainment, speakers, five coach outings annually and offers a free Christmas lunch.
Sawmills Senior Citizens Club
We are a social group meeting once a month to involve our senior members in group activities, eg, bingo, musical afternoons, guest speakers, slide shows, day excursions and various competitions. A gen…
Sinfin Live At Home Scheme
An organisation helping to alleviate isolation and loneliness in older people in the Sinfin area. On Wednesdays a social group holds talks and entertainment. Lunch club on Fridays. Also have a befrien…
St Andrew's 60s Plus Club (Dronfield Woodhouse)
Social group - we meet for a chat, play cards, dominoes, etc. Refreshments served. We arrange meals out.
Sunnycroft Old People's Welfare Club (Staveley)
The group meet for coffee mornings, raffles, social chit chat and quizzes. We have guest speakers and trips/meals out are organised. We have a Christmas party each year to which all members are invit…
We meet once a week on a Monday evening for bingo, raffle and a chat. We organise day trips, shopping trips, meals out and holidays. Also any other social events suggested by members.
Tansley Tuesday Club
This group provides companionship for the senior citizens in Tansley and has speakers, slide shows, demonstrations, and tea and biscuits. A coach outing takes place once per month and annual seasi…
Third Thursday @ Two (Chesterfield)
This is a chance to relax in an informal atmosphere, chat and meet new people. We aim to respond to the needs of those attending, so can invite speakers or take part in activities as requested - or s…
Tibshelf Old People's Club
The club meets once a week. A varied programme of entertainment is arranged - singers, choirs, brass bands, bingo and social evenings, cheese & wine evenings. We have an annual party and Christmas par…
Travelling Lunch Club, The (Swadlincote)
The club provides once a month outings to different venues across South Derbyshire and surrounding areas. Members enjoy two/three course meal, raffle and good company.
Voluntary and Community Services, Peaks and Dales
Volunteer Centre Buxton and District provides reliable services to the community delivered by volunteers and paid members of staff. Transport scheme − volunteers drive older people to their hospita…
Welcome Club (Dronfield)
The group is especially for pensioners who are on their own and meets once a week for a variety of activities which include playing bingo and other types of entertainment.
Young At Heart Club (Chesterfield)
Members play cards, dominoes and bingo and socialise. Tea and coffee is provided, plus a bar is available. The Club hosts regular outings to restaurants, theatre, places of interest and the seaside. …