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About the organisation

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.

Volunteer Befrienders Wanted

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 older people living in the Holborn area; providing company, friendship and a link to the wider community.

Could this be you?

To find out more, please contact Kate Blackshaw, the Befriending Scheme Organiser.

Role Aim: 

To combat loneliness and isolation and improve the quality of life of older, mainly housebound older people, through weekly visits


Visiting lonely and isolated older people, offering friendship and social interaction and supporting the person’s independence.

Skills needed: 

Training will be given, but the following skills and qualities are essential for the 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


Training over 2 evenings will cover all aspects of the role, including: Active listening skills, working within boundaries, health & safety and confidentiality.

In the Client's home
Time commitment: 
1-3 hours per week
Opening times: 
No fixed times. After training, It will depend on the volunteer's availability
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