Friendly service in Tonbridge helps overcome loneliness

BHS Tunbridge Wells

A befriending service which helps combat loneliness among older people has been given a £500 grant by Bluebird Care at a tea party in Tonbridge.

The money will help finance the service, which is managed by a team from Age UK West Kent and Maidstone Mind.

Cllr Mark Rhodes, the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, was one of 30 guests at the event in the Town Lock Day Centre earlier this month.

Wendy Pfieffer, the Service Manager, said: “The West Kent Befriending Service was originally set up as a pilot project. As of today we have supported over 500 people, which is evident to the value of the service.

“The pilot has now ended and we are very grateful to Bluebird Care for their support to help us maintain the work we do.”

Bluebird Care Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells is a family-owned business based at the Pipers Business Centre, Tonbridge, which opened in 2012.

Claire Stanley, Care Manager at the company, said: “The work that the befriending service do is fantastic, and from working with our local carers organisations we know the value of the work that the service does.

“Our Community Grant Scheme is a positive way for us to support and recognise the great work of our local charities.”

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