Befriending

If you can’t get to Wimbledon Guild, we’ll come to you.

To get a true sense of our wonderful community it’s always best to visit Wimbledon Guild in person. But if you can’t get to us, don’t worry - we’ll connect you with one of our wonderful volunteers who will visit you at home instead. 

Nearly all of us have felt lonely at some point in our lives, and these days it can be hard to start up conversations with people you meet out and about. 

Befriending is about community and connection. Our team connect local people based on shared interests and location so that you can meet up regularly for a cuppa and a chat. 

Most visits are in person, but we do have some telephone befrienders.

Who we can help

We can match you with a Wimbledon Guild Volunteer Befriender if you:

  • Live in Merton
  • Are housebound and/or
  • Live alone and/or
  • Are recently bereaved and/or
  • Have been diagnosed with a long-term health condition

That doesn’t describe me, tell me about other ways to meet new people

Contact us

To find out more, please get in touch: 

Tel: 020 8946 0735 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm)

Email: befriending@wimbledonguild.co.uk

Become a volunteer Befriender

If you can spare a few hours a week to support someone with a cup of tea and a chat you can make a huge difference to someone’s life.

More people than ever are asking for our help so please get in touch – there’s always someone waiting for your visit or call!

We’ll be here to support you and will keep in touch regularly to see how you’re getting on.

I'm interested, tell me more about what’s involved

“I might not have changed the world but I have positively changed a life. I've gained a good friend and my visits are so rewarding.” - Nurdan

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Help us make sure that no one in Merton has to face life’s challenges alone

We're offering practical help and support to more than 2,000 people across our borough every year. Whether they're worried about money, they’re feeling low or overwhelmed, or they’re looking for new friends and activities locally, we’re always here. Or at least we can be, with your support. Will you help us make sure that no one in our community has to face life’s challenges alone?

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