Since being founded in 2012 local charity Time to Talk Befriending have reached hundreds of elderly people in Brighton and Hove helping them to find new companions and people to talk to.
On Sunday evening they were delighted to have won the Community Star Award for Charity of The Year, held by The Argus newspaper. The award will enable them to reach more people who are quite literally hidden behind closed doors, in the future.
Founder and Scheme Member Emily Kenward said “When we arrived at the Argus Community Star Awards on Sunday 8th January we were excited about the prospect of being nominated for ‘Charity of the Year’ and ‘Community Event of the Year’ so when we heard our name read out as the winners of ‘Charity of the Year’ we were completely blown away!
It is genuinely and honour and a privilege to meet amazing elderly people living in our City who we help by finding like-minded volunteer befrienders to visit them for much needed friendship and company. It is however heart breaking to know that there are thousands more elderly people living in our local community who don’t have anyone to visit them and can go weeks or months at a time without having someone to talk to.
Although through our befriending service, community outreach, events and signposting service we are helping many people to become more socially included, we are literally just skimming the surface in terms of need. We therefore hope that this award will help us to raise awareness about the need for services like ours to exist. We hope that many more people come forward to volunteer and financially support us so that our much-needed Charitable work can continue.
For more information go to www.timetotalkbefriending.org.uk