The befriending network run by Busbridge church is being expanded to meet demand, helped by a grant of £5,000 from the Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund. This helped fund a co-ordinator to manage a team of volunteers spread throughout the Godalming, Farncombe, Milford, Witley and Chiddingfold areas.
The project befriends and supports anyone who is isolated, lonely, or vulnerable, by offering increased opportunities for social interaction. This may be by the provision of a volunteer visitor or inviting them to join in the regular social activities provided through the parish’s Prime Time programme.
Mark Pateman, director of older people’s ministry for the parish of Busbridge and Hambledon said:
“We are very grateful for the support of the Bishop of Guildford’s Communities Fund, which is helping us to spread this very worthwhile service to a wider area of south west Surrey.”