Befriending Service at The London Irish Centre

The aim of the London Irish Centre Charity’s Befriending Service is to reduce social isolation, improving the emotional well-being of Irish clients. We do this by providing a culturally sensitive service to the Irish community.

The Befriending service is for older Irish clients in London with a low to moderate level of support. 

Clients may feel socially isolated and are not engaged with activities in the community. Clients may not have regular personal contact with family or friends. 

Befriending Service Aims & Objectives 

  • To befriend individual clients at home or in the community
  • To provide companionship and friendship
  • To reduce social isolation and loneliness by providing weekly visits to provide stimulation and improve mental wellbeing
  • To increase social connection and contact with the Irish community and cultural services
  • To expand and enhance the client’s experience within their own community or explore and plan new experiences (if wanted by client)
  • To be flexible to meet the needs of the client: For companionship, to help support people to remain safe and well in their homes, to support with walking outdoors, or for help accessing opportunities in the community
  • To help the client feel happier and more independent in their situation

Why become a befriender?

• An opportunity to meet new people
• A chance to make a difference 
• An increased sense of community 
• Full training, a dedicated befriending handbook, and ongoing support and supervision to carry out your role effectively
• Great experience to put on your CV 

Benefits for clients 

• Companionship
• Emotional support 
• Health benefits
• Self-esteem & confidence
• Increased social awareness
• Learning how to relate to others
• Using community resources and services

Our service is: 


We take the time to find exactly the right befriender for each individual. We will make the best possible match, based on personality and shared experience.


All our volunteers are carefully recruited, police checked and trained to ensure a safe, professional service.


Weekly sessions can be arranged for a day and time that suits the individual.

-Improves well-being

Regular visits from someone who cares can has a significant positive impact on mental and physical well-being

For referrals please contact:  

Caroline Hanks: Befriending Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]

Phone: 0207 916 2222 (Working days Wednesday and Thursday)

To learn more about the benefits of befriending please see the below link to the Befriending Network

The Quality in Befriending (QiB) Award is the only award in the UK which is specifically tailored for befriending services and is valued by referrers, befrienders, commissioners and funders. Developed by Befriending Networks in consultation with member organisations and other experts in the field of befriending, it promotes Good Practice in the Sector.