Sometimes, for many different reasons people can suddenly find themselves socially isolated, with no-one to talk to or call on.

There are a number of agencies that can offer support, some agencies will visit you in your own home and others organise groups that you can attend. Below is a list of the agencies and where appropriate, their contact details or website for further information.

British Red Cross – Gofal y Ddolen

The service helps people who are over the age of 50 and may be isolated and lacking in confidence following illness, bereavement or a period in hospital etc. Their volunteers are fully trained and help individuals to build confidence and independence by helping them to link with local groups and services.

Telephone: 01239 615945

Age Cymru Ceredigion

Age Cymru is an independent charity that assists people over the age of 55 and live within Ceredigion. They have a wide variety of social activities including luncheon clubs, computer groups, reading groups, exercise classes, falls prevention group and knitting group.

Link to website: Age Cymru Ceredigion | Social groups

Aberystwyth:
Telephone: 01970 615151
Fax: 01970 624466
Email: fiona.williams@agecymruceredigion.org.uk

Cardigan:
Telephone: 01239 615777
Fax: 01239 615969
Email: gwyneth.jones@accardigan.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society – Side by Side befriending volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Society provides support to people with a diagnosis of dementia of all ages and their carers either through one to one home visits and Social Interest groups. They can offer regular telephone support to carers and help to reduce social isolation that diagnosis of dementia can cause to both the person and their carers.

Telephone: 01239 810810
Email: ceredigion@alzheimers.org.uk

RNIB Telephone befriending

The service offers an opportunity to join a free telephone social group to make friends, chat with and support other blind and partially sighted people. Their priority is to match the individual with a group which has like-minded people, perhaps of a similar age, interests and situation.

Link to website: RNIB Telebefriending Service | RNIB
Telephone: 0845 330 3723 or 020 7391 2218
Email: talkandsupport@rnib.org.uk

Ceredigion Association of the Blind / Cymdeithas Ceredigion I’r Deillion

The Association provides a telephone visiting service for blind and partially sighted people who live alone or in socially isolated areas in Ceredigion. The service involves a friendly call on a regular basis from volunteers who are themselves blind or partially sighted.

Link to website: Cymdeithas Ceredigion i'r Deillion: Phone Visiting Service
Telephone: Bryn Lloyd on 01970 828555

RVS good neighbour scheme

The Royal Voluntary Service can also provide some befriending within a person’s own home either face-to-face or on the telephone helping to prevent isolation.

Link to website: Befriending Services | Royal Voluntary Service
Telephone: 01597 824931
Email: ceredigionpowyshub@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

HUTS Workshop, Adpar, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9ED

HUTS Workshop is a charitable organisation based in Newcastle Emlyn offering a variety of opportunities to adults with mental health challenges. We have recently launched a new Befriending Service which will allow trained volunteers to visit vulnerable, isolated people, aged 18 or over, within the South Ceredigion area, in their own homes. The aim is to encourage people to feel confident about getting back into local community life and achieve simple things that we can often take for granted.

If you know somebody aged 18 or over that you think might benefit from the Befriending Service then please contact us.

If you would like to volunteer as a befriender, you are over 18 and can spare at least one hour a week please contact us.

Link to website: HUTS Workshop
Telephone: 01239 710377