Helping people who suffer from loneliness and isolation across Hertfordshire
At Abbots Friends, we’re on a mission. Our goal? To tackle loneliness and isolation, and improve the health, confidence and wellbeing of vulnerable people in our community.
And we need your help!
We’re looking for people to join our small network of dedicated volunteers offering social connection and companionship to isolated and lonely people in Hertfordshire. You’ll visit them in their own home and spend time engaging in a social activity, or shared interest together.
Whether it’s swapping stories over tea and cake, visiting the local garden centre or supporting one of our well-loved community tea parties, you’ll be making a genuine difference to someone’s life.
Register your interest today by completing our simple form.
Why volunteer with Abbots Friends?
If you’re eager to make a difference to the lives of others by sharing your time, knowledge, and experience, becoming an Abbots Friends Companion Volunteer is for you. Plus there’s lots of other benefits too, such as:
What to expect as an Abbots Friends Companion Volunteer
As an Abbots Friends Companion Volunteer, you’ll be paired with someone based on common interest and hobbies, so you’ll have plenty to talk about when you visit them at their home.
Are you the green-fingered type? Great! We’ll pair you with a fellow gardening enthusiast. Musically inclined? We’ll find you the ideal jamming partner. You might even find yourself leading a group arts and crafts session!
But ultimately, you’ll be a friend to someone who needs companionship, lifting the burden of social isolation and form lasting connections, based on shared interests.
How we'll support you
Ongoing support as you volunteer
A simple induction process
A volunteer handbook, filled with useful tips
Free volunteer DBS check (Criminal Record Check)
Coverage of any travel expenses
We also host regular events, connecting Abbots Friends Companion Volunteers, including tea parties, bingo afternoons and more!
Who can volunteer with Abbots Friends?
You don’t need any formal qualifications, or even previous experience to become an Abbots Friends Companion Volunteer – just a strong sense of compassion and a willingness to support those who need it.
We value diversity and encourage volunteers from all sections of the community. Whether you’re a student looking to gain valuable experience, an employee keen to give something back to the community, or simply wish to get involved and make a difference to someone’s life, we’ve got opportunities for volunteering across Hertfordshire.
Note: In order to become a volunteer with Abbots Friends you must be over 18 and be willing to have a Volunteer’s DBS check (Criminal Records Check).
How much time would I need to offer?
Our volunteer roles are flexible! Which means you’re free to offer as much time as you’d like. Whether it’s thirty minutes per week or several hours per month, any time you’re able to offer will make an enormous difference.
So, if you’re eager to get involved, simply complete the form below and we’ll be in touch! Or if you’d prefer to speak to our team please call 0330 241 6609.
Abbots Friends is a not for profit organisation founded by Camille Leavold, Co-founder and Managing Director of Abbots Care.
We offer a free companion and friendship service helping people who suffer from loneliness and isolation. If you think you or a loved one would benefit from our companion and friendship service, please click here.