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Telephone befriending

Here at Changing Lives Together we aim to help people across Cheshire who are over 18 and living with loneliness or isolation in one of the most effective and simple ways possible - Simply by giving them the opportunity to talk.

We've been doing this since 2018 and our beneficiaries come to us from a wide range of sources such as: GP Surgeries, Social prescribers, housing associations, councils, social workers and support workers. We carefully match them with a volunteer who they can enjoy a friendly, interesting chat with once a week. More recently we have been engaging with the local emergency services to identify those who need our service most.

There is no single cause of loneliness, and no single solution but a simple connection to another person is one of the most important steps towards reducing social isolation and improving mental and physical health..

I would like to refer myself or somebody to the Buddy and Befriending project

“Having someone to speak to when i lost my wife really helped. It gave me a lift when i needed it and they understood what i was going through"
"I look forward to my call every week, and you couldn't have picked a better person for me to chat to. We have so much to talk about and i feel like i've known D for years!"
"Sometimes you need to talk about things that lift you, and my befriender always has something nice to say. She has helped me more than words can say and i wouldn't be the person i am today. I feel more like myself"
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Face to face befriending

We understand that some people prefer to connect in person, and we are pleased to offer opportunities for face-to-face interactions through our group. This also gives those who work within our telephone befriending service an opportunity to join in with the groups and meet others.

The Warm Welcome Group

Same group, new name and team!


This is a free to join group, and is for people who are lonely and isolated and simply want to make friends! We offer you a warm welcome in a warm space where we enjoy a lovely lunch along with fun, laughter and chatter.


Rudheath Social Club, 235 Middlewich Road, CW9 7DN


Every Wednesday between 11:30am - 1:30pm. You don't need to contact us to join, just turn up on the day!

We are aiming to expand our warm and welcome groups throughout the area, with the aim of creating more opportunities for people to connect and build meaningful relationships. Follow us for more updates!

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Meet the Team

Meet the team

Meet the faces behind the Buddy and Befriending scheme!

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Peter Marsden

Lead Coordinator

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Julie Birtwistle


Lee Moran

Wellbeing Assistant

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