Befriending, volunteering and employment
Ways you can get out, keep busy, support other people, or find work if you’re an adult receiving care.
If you're lonely because of health, disability or social disadvantage, being matched with a befriender could fill a gap in your life. They can offer friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis.
Organisations who offer befriending services are:
Or you could volunteer to become a befriender yourself.
Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your experience, develop new skills and make a real difference to other people's lives, as well as your own. Volunteering can also be a way to find a paid job. Find volunteering opportunities:
- Volunteer Bristol
- RSVP West
- Volunteering at Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives (pdf, 1.1MB) (opens new window)
- Volunteering in Bristol libraries
Finding a job can help you meet new people and make money at the same time. Find a job:
Voluntary organisations play a big part in helping people get jobs or providing opportunities for employment.
Finding a job - GOV.UK
This is the government’s network of local centres, services and web pages to help you get a job.
Help for people with learning difficulties
A range of services specifically for people with learning difficulties.