The Ripon & Rural Befriending Service provides company and support  to local people through regular one-to-one home visits.

Please note – we have had to temporarily pause new referrals to the Befriending service. We will update our website when this situation changes (January 2024).

What we do
Our volunteer befrienders offer regular one-to-one visits to clients’ homes, providing them with company and a friendly listening ear. The volunteers are matched with clients, taking into account mutual interests, so that both parties benefit from this social contact.

If the need arises, our friendly office team can also provide information and signposting. They can also refer you to other local local agencies who can offer you additional support.

Who do we help?
We are here for anyone living in their own home who misses company, is feeling isolated or generally at a low ebb.

How much will it cost?
Our service is free but we invite contributions to help us cover the cost of providing the service

Which areas do we cover?
We cover the northern half of the Harrogate district including Ripon, Masham and Pateley Bridge.  All visits are subject to volunteer availability.

How do I apply?
Simply contact us on 01423 813090 or or fill in the online form here. You can either refer yourself, or a health or social care professional, family member or friend can refer you.

What people say about us

‘My befriender treats me with respect. She listens to any concerns I have.’

‘You have helped me to cope since I lost my husband.’

‘You give me the confidence to live on my own at 84 years of age.’

‘My befriender and I have a laugh together. He really cheers me up.’

Click here to find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender for the Ripon & Rural Befriending Service.