Welcome to Good Friends, a pioneering initiative established across Darlington that encourages people to commit just a few minutes a day or week to improving the life of a disadvantaged neighbour.

A Darlington Partnership Initiative, delivered by Age UK Darlington

The Good Friends Process

Register to become a Good Friend

You'll have the option to commit as little or as much time as you like, and can be fit around your schedule. Good Friends will allow you to do a lot of good for local people by volunteering for just a few minutes a week.

We'll connect you with someone needing help

For example, if you're fairly green-fingered with a couple of hours a month spare, there could be an older person nearby who would benefit from having their garden tidied up once in a while.

As a Good Friend, you'll improve someones life

The result of your involvement will mean a rewarding experience for you, a better quality of life for an older or disadvantaged person, and a closer, more cohesive community all round.

Complete a referral form and return it to us

Our quick online application can be completed in minutes, or if you'd prefer you can register by post or over the telephone. We take your privacy seriously and will never share your personal details with anyone without your request and consent.

We'll find a match based on your needs

All of the Good Friends volunteers who register for the project are vetted before taking part. We'll look to match you with someone based on what kind of help you need who lives nearby and we think would get along well with you.

We hope you'll manage just that bit better

Whether you signed up for help with your wheelie bin, odd jobs around the house or just some extra company once or twice a week - we hope that you'll be happier, more independent and be glad you signed up to Good Friends.

Join the Good Friends Support Network

The support network aims to increase uptake of services for all parties by cross sign-posting services to clients. We will promote your services via our service directory and keep you up to date with regular newsletters.

Refer your client to our service online

We aim to complement other services by matching your client with a local person who can assist them with simple tasks such as helping with shopping, walking the dog or popping round for a cup of tea and a chat every now and then.

We will sign-post to you where suitable

Where a need for additional support is recognised by the Good Friend, we will provide them with all of the information and training they need to confidently refer to your organisations services.

Latest News

Good Friends wins National Award 'Local Government Chronicle - Health & Social Care' (1:41 PM, 12/03/2015)

Good Friends last night (Wednesday 11th March 2015) won a National Award in recognition of it's contribution to Health and Social Care.

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About Good Friends

Good Friends is an initiative which works alongside Darlington's Neighbourhood watch to bridge the gap between voluntary social services such as Age UK Darlington's Befriending Service. A network of Good Friends is being established across Darlington to keep a watchful eye on older, isolated and/or vulnerable neighbours; they will provide support, friendship and assist them with a range of issues which if left unaddressed could compromise their ability to live safely and independently.

A Good Friend will make brief contact to check up on neighbours who live nearby and assistance if necessary; they are also equipped to signpost concerns to other support services if needed. 

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Registered Address:
Good Friends, Age UK Darlington, Beaumont House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington, DL1 5SX

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