Welcome to Ffrind i Mi/Friend of Mine
Everyone, at some time in their life, has felt alone, vulnerable or wished that they had more company. Isolation or feeling lonely can affect anyone at any age and at any time. For example, after the loss of a loved one, on leaving the armed forces, retiring, or moving away. Watch our film to hear what people said to us.
People cope with life events in different ways. For some, going out and spending time in the company of friends really helps. For others, having someone visit them makes such a big difference. But sometimes, people may not like to ask or do not know who to ask for support or advice. Listening to peoples stories has really helped us to better understand what we need to do to better support people.
Funded through the Health Technology Wales Scheme and 1,000 Lives, Ffrind i mi (or Friend of mine) is a new initiative that Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and its partners are developing to try and make sure that anyone who feels lonely or isolated are supported to reconnect with their communities. Working with Community Connectors and existing volunteer befriending services, we are aiming to recruit as many volunteers as possible to support those who are lonely and/or isolated. We hope to match the interests of people to volunteers with the same interests e.g. gardening, watching sport, dog walking etc. If you would like to become a volunteer and help us combat loneliness and isolation, or you would like more information on Ffrind I mi, please contact us.
If you would like to speak to a Community Connector, please visit the ‘Community Connectors drop down menu located at the top of the page’.