14 September 2016 - GOOD NEWS!

A new Reaching Communities grant from the Big Lottery Fund has funded a relaunch of our SBVS and HALE project until 2019. We are open again for new referrals and volunteers for the Shipley Area Links Befriending and Advocacy Service.

Befriending is available to older people who don’t see people or go out as much as they would like. A volunteer befriender visits them in their own home or sometimes telephones for a chat. They also offer encouragement to those able to get out more who wish to join in with activities or go for a short "walk and talk". Visitors are security checked and no charge is made for visits.

Joy Mills coordinates this service. She is based at Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS) at Cardigan House, Ferncliffe Road, Bingley. She can be contacted on 01274 787933 or email Joy.

If you live in or around Bingley, have some spare time and would like to make friends with an older person local to you, please get in touch. Training and expenses are provided. We also hold social 'get-togethers' for those involved.

Shipley Area Links - Befriending Service Joy and Peter
Shipley Area Links is a partnership project that aims to reduce isolation by organising volunteers to visit older people in the Bingley and Shipley area. It was launched by SBVS in April 2009 funded mainly by a Big Lottery Fund award with some grant money from Shipley Area Committee (Bradford Council). As well as SBVS in Bingley, befriending is organised at HALE (Health Action Local Engagement) in Shipley.

In December 2015, the service once again successfully gained Approved Provider Standard with the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.


The Shipley Area Links befriending service now includes advocacy

The Advocacy service works in the Shipley and Bingley areas, with individuals aged 50 and above, who want to enhance their independence. We are flexible and promote individual choices and decision making, it is an equal partnership and the Citizen Advocate works with you, not for you. We are able to meet you in your place of residence or somewhere convenient for you, to plan and discuss what you would like from the service.

Our aim is to enable you to access and engage in new services, information and resources, take control of your affairs and be more independent. If an Advocate cannot provide what you need you will be signposted in the right direction.

‘’It’s been lovely knowing you, you have been patient, you’re not in my face pushing me like some people do” Client

This is a FREE service. For more information about Advocacy please contact Shahleen on 01274 781222, or download a copy of our Advocacy leaflet.

Need to make a referral for befriending?

Befriending is available to people over 50 who live alone and are isolated due to social, health or other factors. Health or social professionals can request a referral form or telephone to make recommendations. Family and self-referrals are also accepted.

Those who live in Bingley, including Cottingley, Gilstead and Eldwick, Crossflatts, Wilsden, Cullingworth and Harden, contact Joy at SBVS, by telephone or email as above or 01274 781222. She will arrange to meet at home to discuss whether befriending is for you, before introducing anyone.

For referrals across Shipley, Nab Wood, Baildon, Frizinghall and Wrose, contact Lesley Danson at the HALE Project, Shipley on 01274 271088.

Please note:  This service urgently needs more volunteers. There will usually be a wait for matching and unfortunately we can not always provide a visitor.