About Us

Friendship at Home CIO is a charitable organisation started in September 2006, funded by a legacy left to Help the Aged. The scheme was started in response to a visit by a senior member of Help the Aged who spent the day with the local Handy Van. They saw first-hand the isolation and loneliness that older people face on a daily basis and made a commitment to help.

The aim of our organisation is to help combat isolation and loneliness across North East Lincolnshire and to improve older people’s quality of life. We encourage older people to once more be vital features of community life as their contribution and presence are valued and encouraged.

We offer a number of services for over 60’s, including a one to one befriending service, social activities, information and support. At our Friendship Clubs we offer chair based exercises, quizzes, regular speakers, games and day trips.

These clubs give our members somewhere local to meet where they feel safe and valued. Our members say it gives them a purpose in their week, something to look forward to.

When a person has a volunteer befriender who visits on a regular basis, experience shows us that their self-esteem and confidence grow, and they also feel valued again as someone is spending quality time with them.

We are a small staff team, made up of:

  • Operational Manager – Lyse Stephenson
  • Development Manager – Julie Rigby
  • Member and Volunteer Worker – Dawn Charlton
  • Older People’s Support Worker – Dawn Gibson
  • Dementia Community Support Worker – Amanda Sparkes
  • Dementia Aware Worker – Clare Mills
  • Club Coordinator – Toni Herron
  • Admin Support – Claire Stockwood

The work we do would not be possible without the help of our dedicated team of volunteers! We are always looking for new people to help us make a difference. Volunteering with our charity is about establishing new friendships, sharing experiences and gaining new skills

Older people are encouraged to volunteer themselves as they have knowledge and experiences; by volunteering they give to their community but also receive something back.

For more information about volunteering with us, please see our volunteer page.

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