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We’re pleased to announce the launch of Farleigh Helpers!

Sunday 12th September

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Our new and online and telephone befriending service offers friendship and a listening ear to anyone who needs it in mid Essex.

Run by Farleigh Hospice volunteers, the service will assist those who are ill, bereaved, feeling lonely, isolated or in need of someone to talk to. Offering non-medical support, Farleigh Helpers will listen, converse with people, and signpost them to relevant information or professional services where appropriate. The service has been established thanks to funding awarded by Provide Foundation, which is managed by Essex Community Foundation.

Michelle Von Kimmelmann, Farleigh Hospice Volunteer and Corporate Administration Manager said: “We’re so pleased to be launching this new service. It has been in the pipeline for some time now, so it is great to see all of our planning come to fruition. We were aware that there are people in our community who need a friend or some advice and support, and, as a community focused charity, we wanted to be able to extend the care we offer to beyond our usual remit to bridge this gap. Farleigh Helpers is open to anyone locally, regardless of age or circumstances, who is in need of someone to talk to. Our helpers offer friendship, they’re there to provide a listening ear and direct people to additional information and services that may be of use.”

The service will initially run from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and will be extended to cover weekends dependant on demand. People wishing to speak with a Farleigh Helper can schedule a regular chat or simply get in touch as the need arises. To arrange a call back from a Farleigh Helper please call 01245 933800 or email .

You can find out more information about the service here:

The hospice is also looking to expand its team of Farleigh Helpers. It is looking for kind, caring volunteers who are good listeners, IT savvy and who want to make a positive difference to people’s lives in the local community. The roles are home-based, so if you would like to help from the comfort of your living room or home office, please click here to complete an application form.