B-inspired Celebrates Befriending Week

B-inspired News   •   November 3rd, 2021

B-inspired runs ‘The Braunstone Befriending Scheme’, which has been supporting older people in the Braunstone Community for nearly a decade!  B-inspired’s commitment to older people over the years has seen several different support services for those over the ages of 55 years old.

As winter approaches and the days begin to become colder and darker, we are more likely to adopt a more sedentary lifestyle and, as a result, feel lonely. This is especially true for the older residents. The situation has gotten worse over the past 18 months with Covid19 restrictions impacting greatly on mental health.


The ‘Braunstone Befriending Schemes’ services work to combat loneliness by providing a range of opportunities for Braunstone residents to get involved with:

The Braunstone Befriending Scheme offer’s 1-2-1 befriending for those over the age of 60 who are unable to get out of their home.  This is where a volunteer visits an older person in the Braunstone community once a week to provide companionship.

The Braunstone Befriending Scheme also offers a social group called ‘TalkTime’ that runs at two locations in the community.   Sandyhurst Retirement Facility on Hockley Farm Road on a Tuesday from 10am to 12pm and St Peters’ Church on Bendbow Rise on a Thursday from 11am till 1pm and the group offers a place for people over the age of 55 years to have a ‘cuppa’ and chat whilst providing a few games of bingo, offering a range of craft activities, word searches, quizzes, and physical activities such as armchair aerobics.

More recently The Braunstone Befriending Scheme has developed a ‘Hands on’ group, this is designed for those over the age of 40 who are interested in ‘Hands on’ activities such as woodworking, gardening, and walking.

If you have an LE3 1 postcode or know of anyone who could benefit from the ‘The Braunstone Befriending Schemes’ services, please let them know about what we offer, to help combat loneliness this winter.

Can you do something AMAZING?

The Braunstone Befriending Scheme relies heavily on volunteers and were always looking for volunteers who can support our services.   Even if you only have a spare hour per week, it could make such a difference to an older person’s life in Braunstone.

Volunteering has numerous benefits from giving you a sense of purpose, a feeling like you’re part of the community to being a great addition to CV’s!  If you or someone you know is looking to volunteer, why not recommend ‘The Braunstone Befriending Scheme’?

You make not think volunteering will make much of a difference but here’s what people on ‘The Braunstone Befriending Scheme’ have said about the impact the scheme makes on their life:

“The Befriending Scheme has been a lifeline, everyone who I have spoken to over the past year on the phone has been brilliant.  I rarely go out and now that TalkTime has restarted again, I am so pleased to be able to pal up with old friends again.”

“I’m so glad I have you to support me, I don’t know where I’d be without you.”

“You’re running an excellent service”

“Talktime is a lifesaver” – “it means a lot to people”

“Thank you for calling- I always look forward to a lovely call”

“It was lovely of the befriending team to have stayed in touch throughout the pandemic as other groups she is a part of have not been in touch much”

Braunstone Befreinding Scheme & TalkTime Members

For more information about our scheme, to sign up, attend a group or volunteer contact us on the links below: