What is the Befriending Service?

The Oundle Befriending Scheme offers one to one support and companionship for the elderly in Oundle, Thrapston and the surrounding villages.

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Achurch Aldwincle Apethorpe Armston
Ashton Barnwell The Benefields Blatherwycke
Brigstock Bulwick Clopton Collyweston
Cotterstock Deene/Deenethorpe Duddington Easton-on-the-Hill
Fotheringhay Glapthorn Harringworth Hemington
Islip King’s Cliffe Laxton Lilford
Lowick Luddington Lutton Nassington
Oundle Pilton Polebrook Slipton
Southwick Stoke Doyle Sudborough Tansor
Thorpe Waterville Thrapston Thurning Titchmarsh
Twywell Wadenhoe Wakerley Warmington
Wigsthorpe Woodnewton Yarwell
  • Do you need companionship and someone to talk to?
  • Are you on your own?
  • Are you finding it increasingly difficult to get out of the house?
  • Are you a carer?

We operate two Befriending Schemes:


Our Face to Face Scheme will introduce you to a Befriender who will be able to visit you in your own home at a regular time, arranged to suit you both.

The scheme operates in Oundle, Thrapston and local villages and is FREE OF CHARGE.

There are some eligibility criteria to this scheme. To see if you are eligible for the Face to Face Scheme service, please read the please read the Befriending Criteria.


Our Friend-on-the-Phone Scheme offers a Telephone Befriender who will call you regularly for a conversation.

This scheme also operates for people living in Oundle, Thrapston and local villages who are elderly, unwell, disadvantaged or have disabilities and are feeling isolated.

Friend-on-the-Phone is also FREE OF CHARGE.

If you would like us to contact you about having a visitor or caller then please ring Volunteer Action on 01832 275433, or email:

We now use Lamplight befriending reporting system.