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Contact Point for Befriending Launched to tackle Isolation in Brighton & Hove

21st Dec 2016
A new service to streamline befriending services across the City is being launched this week. Local charities Impetus, Impact Initiatives and Time to Talk Befriending have joined forces for the first time to create a single place to find out about befriending in Brighton and Hove. The aim of the new Contact Point is to direct referrers and volunteers to the best suited befriending group in the City. It is part of a new project to ensure that befriending is available to people across the whole city. There is more information at  Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, explains “We are delighted to be part of the new initiative. We know from years of experience with our own Neighbourhood Care Scheme that it can be very confusing for people who need a befriender to find the right organisation to go to.  Now, simply by phoning a single number (the Befriending Contact Point), they will be guided to the most suitable group for them.  It will also make things much easier for busy health and social care professionals to access befriending for their clients. Isolation is a critical issue in Brighton and Hove and we look forward to continuing to expand the work of the partnership, supported by the CCG.” In 2014, befriending organisations including Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme, Impact Initiatives and Time to Talk Befriending, came together to form the Brighton and Hove Befriending Coalition to share good practice, resources and discuss more effective ways of working together. Last year the eighteen groups in the Coalition enabled more than 600 volunteers to support over 800 older...
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