Ferns BFriendly - A telephone befriending service in the Ferns area.
There may be people who are lonely and living in isolation in Ferns and surrounding areas and this can affect their health and quality of life dramatically. The support offered by a befriender provides friendship and the opportunity to talk to someone on a regular basis.
Our team of volunteers offer their time each week to talk and listen to a lonely person. Although friendship and the alleviation of loneliness is our prime concern, if the volunteer may identify a need that is not being met this can be passed on to the a designated point of contact.
The Ferns BFriendly service along with our team of friendly local volunteers hope to make a positive change to improve and enrich the lives of older people living in our community.
Ferns BFriendly is a service for older people in Ferns and the surrounding areas of Clologue, Camolin, Ballyduff who are living with social isolation or loneliness. Our volunteers offer a regular weekly friendly phone call at a time that suits the service user. Referrals can be made by family, neighbours, social services, health agencies or self-referral.
Each befriending relationship is different – we will try to make sure that each service user has a befriender with whom they have a shared interest. They will provide friendly conversation on a regular basis for as long as the user wants to participate in the service. All volunteers with Ferns BFriendly are Garda vetted and reference checked, for the protection of our service users.