Practical Support & Social Connections

Practical Support & Social Connections

 The Bureau provides a number of activities for isolated people in the local community, designed to support their emotional and practical needs. Our activities are delivered by our 200+ fantastic volunteers.

Our services are available to adults in Glossopdale who have difficulty participating in community life or living independently because of disability, poor health or advancing age.
Please find a summaries of these services below:

Call Companions

If you are feeling isolated or lonely for any reason and would appreciate a weekly telephone call with a friendly listening ear then help is at hand.

Volunteer Car Scheme

We provide transport for members of our community who are not able to use public transport. Our drivers are volunteers who are happy to support car users and stay with them at medical appointments for up to two hours. A charge is made to cover costs.

Action Group

This group has been established to support volunteers who face complex challenges in their lives and need some additional support to realise their full potential. The group enables participants to build their confidence, recognise their strengths and to develop new skills. The Action Group meets at The Bureau on a Wednesday morning.

Social Connectors and Befriending

Our social connectors and befriending service is aimed at lonely and socially isolated people who live in the Glossopdale area. Volunteers are recruited either as shorter-term social connector working with someone towards an agreed goal or activity or longer-term befrienders who will then act as “a good neighbour” by visiting someone in their home and giving them some regular company/companionship.

K9 Connections 

K9 Connections aims to reduce isolation for individuals by using the therapeutic and social value of organised walks in the countryside with approved volunteers and specially selected and vetted dogs. The group aims to build confidence in individuals, improve their social connections, foster friendships, promote personal responsibility, and enhance motivation and wellbeing . The group meets on a Monday morning.


The Bureau’s volunteer mentors support people by  encouraging and supporting them to make the most of themselves and realise their potential. As a mentor, you’re the person who guides and supports your mentee, acting as a trusted confidante.


Range of one-to-one personalised buddying support, examples include:

  • Getting you to activities
  • Accessing the gym/swimming pool or exercising
  • Support with your smartphone/tablet/computer
  • Companionship and support with your gardening

If you are interest in attending any of our services, know someone who might or would like to volunteer to help us deliver these life-changing service please get in touch with The Bureau today on 01457 865722.