Time to Talk Befriending
What is the Inspiration & Vision for Time to Talk Befriending?
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.
The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6)
In 2012 God first gave the founder of Time to Talk Befriending, Emily Kenward a vision for a service and ministry that would reach out to the elderly people living in our City who are broken hearted, widowed and orphaned so that feelings of loss, loneliness and emptiness can be replaced with friendship, companionship and most importantly love. Since founding the Charity Time to Talk Befriending Emily and the team have seen this amazing vision come to fruition through the provision of:
Emily says: “From the offset we have developed strong partnerships with secular governing bodies, inter-faith groups, Churches and Charities such as the national befriending project Linking Lives http://linkvisiting.org/ (formerly Link Visiting Scheme), Age UK Brighton & Hove and local authorities such as Sussex Police; http://timetotalkbefriending.org.uk/our-service/research. We recognise that we are much stronger together so if we are going to effectively meet the mammoth need to reduce feelings of chronic loneliness within the older population of the UK, unity and cohesion must exist regardless of whether individuals and organisations are faith based or not.
As Christian’s, the team and I are personally motivated by putting our faith into action – to show genuine love and compassion towards older people who might otherwise feel invisible and forgotten within society. I advocate the need for faith groups like ours to continue to work with people from all backgrounds, faiths and beliefs.
What is Befriending?
Befriending is quite simply a mutually rewarding friendship developed through ‘time to talk’ over a cup of tea! The results of which are quite literally life changing for the elderly people we help through the Charity Time to Talk Befriending.
Through the careful matching of volunteers aged from 16+ with like-minded older people 65+ living across Brighton and Hove who don’t have any or many family or friends to visit them, lasting friendships are formed. By giving just an hour of time every week or every fortnight elderly people who were once hidden behind closed doors say they are ‘living again’ and that their ‘life has been transformed’.
Why is the Time to Talk Befriending Service Important?
Loneliness and social isolation has become a huge problem within society both nationally and locally. Loneliness can affect people of all ages however it is proven that the older generation are more vulnerable due to:
How can YOU help?
It’s not just the elderly beneficiaries at Time to Talk Befriending who benefit from befriending because our volunteers thoroughly enjoy this ‘life-giving’ and ‘mutually rewarding’ experience as well so if you have a heart for older people, an hour to spare once a week or every fortnight and want to make a lasting difference in your community to reduce feelings of loneliness among the older population then don’t hesitate to contact us today! T: 01273 737710
We have seen countless answers to prayer and healing but we know God wants to do immeasurably more so if you would like to subscribe to our monthly prayer vine please contact us through our website and Karin will gladly add you to our email mailing list.
Can you spare £5 or £10 (or more!) per month to give to this worthwhile Charitable cause on a regular basis? If the answer is YES we would love to hear from you! Please check out the following link for further details about how you can make a difference! http://timetotalkbefriending.org.uk/volunteering/fundraising.