AGE UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is appealing for additional befriending volunteers in many area of south Shropshire to address increasing waiting lists of older people requesting this service.

The Charity, which helps older people to enjoy later life, is particularly looking for people who can offer a couple of hours of their time between 9am and 5pm during the working week, to visit an older person for a friendly chat.

“Our volunteer befrienders provide valuable, confidential support to older people who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation,” said Heather Osborne, Chief Executive Officer of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin,

“They offer companionship, a good listening ear and act as a link between the person and services provided not only by us but also by other local organisations. We are particularly looking for more volunteers in Bridgnorth and Alveley, Shifnal and Albrighton, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Bishops Castle.”

‘Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They may be newly retired from the world of work, in part-time work and looking to do something positive in their community, or they might have experienced the feeling of loneliness themselves, been helped through it and now wish to give something back.

‘Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. We offer training, expenses and on-going support to ensure all our volunteers are confident and happy in their roles.’

Please contact Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin’s volunteer recruitment team on 01743 233123 ext 283 for further information and an application pack. Alternatively, visit or email