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Holborn Community Association

Holborn Community Association (HCA) is a community anchor organisation based in central London which aims to encourage community integration, increase opportunities for local people and reduce social and economic inequalities in our community. At our three centres we provide activities and services to the residents of Holborn and the surrounding areas. Older Peoples services are based at Millman Street Resource Centre. Sport/fitness and under 5’s play activities are run out of Bedford House. Arts and Crafts take place at 1A-Arts Centre.

Application deadline: 

You could make a huge difference to the life of a lonely older person if you have just an hour or so to spare each week.

We are looking for caring, reliable people to visit isolated Bangladeshi Elders living in the Holborn area; providing company, friendship and a link to the wider community.

Could this be you?

A volunteer visiting once a week may not seem like much, after all many older people have paid carers who visit them every day. However, the impact that a volunteer can have on the life of an older person should not be underestimated. The volunteer is there by choice. They have time to listen and are interested. They are a link to the wider world.

As well as visiting the older person at home, volunteers can take part in or assist with a variety of activities, such as shopping trips, visits to the cinema or something as simple as accompanying the older person for a walk in the park.

In addition to offering friendship and social interaction, Befriending Scheme supports the older person’s self-determination and independence and provides a gateway to other support and services.

Role Aim: 

The Holborn Community Association Befriending Scheme aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve the quality of life of older people living in the Holborn area.


Older, often house-bound people are matched with trained volunteers who visit them, usually on a weekly basis, to offer friendship and support. Volunteers may also accompany their befriendee on outings, to events or to appointments and perform occasional small household tasks.

Following initial training and induction, a minimum commitment of one hour per week for six months is required.

Skills needed: 

Full training will be provided, but the following skills, attitudes and personal qualities will be essential for this role.

* A caring nature

* Reliable

* Good communication and listening skills

* Able to treat people with dignity and respect at all times

* Able to maintain confidentiality

* Able to maintain boundaries

* Non-judgemental

* Able to work within Holborn Community Association’s policies and procedures, in particular its Health & Safety and Equality and Diversity policies

Volunteers must also be willing and able to attend supervision meetings when required and seek advice and support when needed. Supervision will be provided as flexibly as possible to fit in with volunteers busy lives.


Training provided either over 2 evenings or one Saturday on all aspects of the role and the skills required to carry out the volunteering safely and with confidence.

Millman Street Resource Centre 50 Millman Street London WC1N 3EW
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
Times will depend on the volunteers availability and will be co-ordinated with the older person whom they visit.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here