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Loneliness can affect us all, you can be in a crowded room and feel completely alone.

Action for Family Carers, Hamelin Trust, Independent Age and Mind in West Essex are working together to help address loneliness and social isolation in Essex. With grant funding from Essex County Council we are delivering volunteer befriending services across the county as Essex Befriends.

Our befriending services are aimed at adults who are most likely to experience loneliness or social isolation: older people, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and family Carers. Services available will include telephone befriending, face-to-face meetings within the local community, home visits, Skype calls, email contact and group activities.

To find out more about our befriending services please get in touch with a member of our Essex Befriends team:

Telephone:  0300 770 1263



Make a referral to Essex Befriends.
If you are referring yourself, you do not need to complete the 'Referrer Details' section.


A woman who considered suicide as she struggled to cope with looking after her husband says befriending services literally saved her life.

Valerie said,I get a call once a fortnight which am always pleased to get. It gives me a chance to update them on anything and can really life your spirits knowing that someone really cares. They really have been a God-send ”.