Say 'hello' to a new friend

We connect older people who lack enough company and who may be experiencing loneliness, with local volunteers - adults of every age - for a friendly chat. Contact us via email or phone 07422 966141 or see below for more details of how to join in with what we do.

Joy Mills, Befriending Co-ordinator, organises befriending in and around Bingley, from Cardigan House, one of the bases of Community Action Bradford & District. We welcome new people to join as befrienders or befriendees (or both), in Bingley including the rural areas from Cottingley to Crossflatts, Eldwick to Harden to Cullingworth and Wilsden.

Shipley Area Links

Shipley Area Links (SAL) Befriending started in 2009. This joint project is funded by the National Lottery Community Partnership Fund. Community Action Bradford & District (CAB&D) and HALE Project are the two local charities who run it together. We currently have over 150 friendly participants across Bingley and Shipley, supported by four part time staff.

Our project is quality accredited by the NCVO. Community Action Bradford & District (CAB&D) has achieved the Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard three times. We are proud of the standard of our skills, training, networking, safety and support.

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Flexible Befriending

People contact us if they are isolated, living alone, caring for someone, facing health or other challenges. The Co-ordinator arranges Befrienders for those people, for regular social contact. Depending on your circumstances, this could be telephone calls, meetings or visits. It is a free scheme, with all participants checked, prepared and supported. We observe Covid-19 precautions.

Read more in our leaflets on SAL Befriending and Flexible Befriending

Download our Volunteer Role DescriptionsTelephone Befriending or Flexible Befriending and Volunteer Application form

For information on either volunteering or referrals to receive social calls in Bingley areas, email Joy at or phone 07422 966141. For Shipley area, contact HALE Project 01274 781222 or check out HALE Project website. Join our dedicated existing community of Befriending volunteers and older people, to enjoy good company and help shape your scheme to meet local needs.

We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund, which has supported 

Shipley Area Links Befriending with various grants from 2009 to 2023.


Bradford & District Befriending

SAL Befriending was relaunched in May 2020 during the Covid 19 crisis. We joined in with the Bradford District Covid support community response, together building a network of telephone befriending schemes across the district. HALE also launched a new Befriending service for patients of GPs in Bradford Community Partnership South 10.

We are keen to promote community activity in the widest sense, from personal social links to joining and volunteering. We reach out to community groups in Bingley, Shipley and Bradford, for mutual support and promotion.

SAL Befriending have always been active members of Bradford & District Befriending Network. We work co-operatively across the whole district, to signpost, share news, information and training and uphold professional quality standards. Check out the website to find out about Befriending opportunities wherever you live or whatever your interests and needs.