Grant boost for Rochford befriending scheme

The befriending scheme to combat loneliness and social isolation among residents in Rochford is being strengthened.

A befriending scheme to combat loneliness and social isolation among residents is being strengthened with support from Rochford Housing.

Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) will be able to boost its volunteer base and, in turn, reach more people across Rochford and Castle Point after securing funding from the housing association.

Befrienders help enrich residents’ lives with regular visits, which can be something as simple as a chat over a cup of tea in their home to accompanying them for a walk in the park or to a community event.

Chris Silvey, resident involvement officer at Rochford Housing, said: “Social isolation is something that impacts on many communities, so Rochford Housing is proud to support CAVS as we want our residents to lead happy and healthy lives with access to the support they need.”

CAVS, based at The Tyrells Centre in Thundersley, set up the befriending service to prevent loneliness by providing companionship and emotional support to local residents.

Janis Gibson, chief executive of CAVS, added: “We are grateful for this grant as it will enable us to strengthen our service. Our befrienders can be the vital link that a resident needs to become more involved with their local community or gain confidence to get out and about.”