Octavia Foundation supports people affected by ill health, social isolation, low income or unemployment in central and west London.

Would you like to assist an isolated person to feel less lonely, particularly during this difficult time? Would you like to provide them with the emotional support and confidence that will help them to feel happier in their everyday life?  You will know that you have helped someone to feel more connected to society and less lonely.  Full induction, ongoing training and support. This includes training on: communication, empathy, health and safety, confidentiality and safeguarding.  Opportunity to enhance your CV and to learn new skills.  We are able to provide references to employers and/or further education establishments.

Time commitment

We expect to have at least 6 months, as this role is based on building a relationship with your befriendee.
Application deadline
What measures have you put in place to ensure volunteers’ safety during COVID-19?
Covid19 risk assessments are carried out.

This organisation is one of our community partner organisations.

Like all volunteer recruiters we work with, they have signed up to our service standards, agreeing to abide by our policy on partnership working.

In addition, the team here at Students’ Union UCL Volunteering Service is here to support you throughout your volunteering journey – you can get in touch at any time with any questions, queries or problems you encounter.