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Opening Doors London runs an LGBT* befriending scheme for older LGBT* people who are feeling isolated and lonely, specifically from the LGBT* community.

Living in London can become a lonely experience as you grow older, especially if you can’t get out and about as you used to. Having someone to spend time with and talk to can make all the difference.

The befriending scheme aims to reduce the stress of loneliness and isolation, increase people’s confidence, and enable members to maintain their independence. The scheme matches a volunteer with an older person, for regular social contact. This could be to come along with you to social groups and community activities, go to exhibitions or events, or to visit you for a cup of tea and a chat.

The Opening Doors London Befriending scheme now operates in every London borough.

Befriending really changes lives. For example we recently received an email from a Befriender informing us that he visited his 94 year old client on Christmas day and spent a few hours with him. The client said “This is the first time in 55 years that I’ve had company on Christmas day”.

To learn more about the Befriending Service please contact the Befriending Coordinator (email befriending@openingdoorslondon.org.uk or phone 020 7239 0400).