Befriending service for older residents launched in Hammersmith & Fulham

A new befriending service for older residents is looking to match older residents with volunteers to combat loneliness in the borough.

H&F Connect 55+ will pair older residents with a volunteer that they can meet in person or over the phone. It is run by Bishop Creighton House in Hammersmith and funded by the council.

“Loneliness can have a devastating impact on health and wellbeing of older people and it is on the rise in London”, said Cllr Sue Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.

“We are determined to work in new ways to combat this problem, and we hope residents come forward to take part in this service.”

The pilot scheme will run until the end of August next year. Residents can refer themselves, and friends or relatives can also get in touch to refer those they feel would benefit from being matched with a volunteer.

Download a referral form which can be completed and returned by email to or by mail to PATHS, 1st Floor 145 King Street, London, W6 9XY. Residents can also telephone Laura Palfreeman on 020 8753 1437.