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Official launch for befriending network

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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A NEW service aimed at combatting loneliness and isolation has been officially launched.

Derbyshire County Council launched the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network after months of bringing together organisations which offer support and advice to older and vulnerable people.

The network is being run by South Derbyshire Community Voluntary Services on behalf of the county council.

Accreditation by 21 befriending groups was already achieved before the network was launched at Matlock.

The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network aims to ensure existing befriending organisations all meet a certain quality standard, so that people using their services can be confident they are safe and well run, support existing services to expand and help more people, making it easier for isolated and vulnerable people to find and contact a suitable befriending service and develop new befriending services in areas which don’t have them at the moment.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Care Councillor Charles Jones said: “One of our priorities is to improve preventative services across Derbyshire and to help people live happy, healthy, independent lives.

“The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network fits in very well with this as it will help to tackle loneliness and isolation in older and vulnerable people, helping them to get out and about and join in with activities or groups in their communities.”

More information about the network visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedbefriending.

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