What do we do at Sutton Befrienders?
Sutton Befrienders is a volunteering project which aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness for people living in the London Borough of Sutton. We work adults of all ages who have found themselves lonely or isolated, whether through ill health, lack of mobility or lack of regular contact with family and friends.
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness found that more than 9 million people always or often feel lonely and that around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month.
We recruit and train volunteer befrienders to build meaningful relationships so that the adults they support feel less lonely, less isolated and better connected in their community.
NEW - Sports Buddy Sutton
We have recently launched a new project, Sports Buddy Sutton, which will enable people with mild to moderate disabilities or those with learning difficulties and/or autism to undertake mainstream sports activities by the help of a volunteer ‘buddy’. Our volunteers will support people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activities in a fun, flexible and motivating way, encouraging choice and independence.
Want to become a Sutton Befriender?
Join our award-winning group of volunteers! Sutton Befrienders won "Outstanding Volunteer Group" at the 2020 Sutton Community Awards. If you want to volunteer, please contact Sutton Befrienders using this form. You’ll be invited in for an interview and asked to attend a day’s training.
Want to get befriending support for yourself, or for a friend or family member, or for a resident or patient?
Resources for our volunteers
As well as our 1:1 befriending programme, we also run a number of group activities to help adults of all ages feel better connected to their community.