New befriending service in Attleborough will support town’s elderly

A new Dementia Cate opens in Attleborough Day Centre Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A new Dementia Cate opens in Attleborough Day Centre Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

A day centre which has helped elderly people socialise for more than 20 years is gearing up to launch a befriending service.

The initiative will see 'befrienders' from Attleborough Day Centre, held at St Mary's Community Hall, visit vulnerable elderly people in their homes, to combat loneliness while ensuring they are well fed and kept warm.

Visits, which will be free of charge, will begin this month.

Emma Callaghan, centre manager, said: 'We are really pleased to be able to offer this new befriending service to individuals that need it living in the local area. We work hard to ensure that the older people of Attleborough don't feel isolated or lonely but can share in the companionship that is provided at the centre.'

The service has benefitted from funding through the Norfolk Community Foundation Warm and Well Fund, which gives cash boosts to voluntary groups which help elderly people in the community.

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It comes just weeks after the centre introduced a new monthly dementia cafe, with the Alzheimer's Society, to support those living with the disease and their carers.

Attleborough Day Centre, which was established in 1994, supports up to 30 visitors on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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For more information on the new service contact Mrs Callaghan on 01953 454613 or email

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