East Midlands

Simon's story

Simon is 52 and lives in Newark. He is currently unemployed and joined the Towards Work Programme to receive the necessary support to help him find work. As well as attending regular meetings with his Work Coach, Simon also spent time volunteering for his local community kitchen as well as attending training courses. This was until the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, when Simon started to spend his days isolating alone in his flat.

“I live alone in Newark and found lockdown really difficult. My Work Coach recommended a befriending service to me and I agreed to put my name forward”

Simon’s BBO Work Coach made a referral to the Groundwork’s Telephone Befriending service, where he was matched with a suitable befriender, Mike.

“I was given a befriender who rang me, and we got on really well. We now talk two or three times a week and even meet up for a coffee”

Having someone to call and talk to during lockdown has made a huge difference to Simon’s wellbeing and he will continue to benefit from this support going forward, even as lockdown restrictions begin to ease.

“I am really glad my Work Coach referred me to this service. Mike, my allocated volunteer, has become a good friend and really helped me to cope and feel less lonely”

If you would like to use our Telephone Befriending Service, email us at befriending@groundworknottingham.org.uk or call us at 07985554999