Join Friends of the Elderly or refer someone to us                    Jennifer-set-for-Home-Box[1]

Friends of the Elderly Ireland is a volunteer based organisation solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people.

Dedicated volunteers help Friends of the Elderly provide various social engagement opportunities for those aged 60 and over who live alone or who feel lonely. We offer real companionship and friendship to those who have little or no contact with family or friends.

Share a cup of tea and a chat with a volunteer, have a friendly natter on the phone, join the gang on a day trip to the sea or have a sing-a-long with friends at the club.

If you are interested in becoming a member or wish to refer someone to Friends of the Elderly click on the relevant referral button.

For the befriending criteria and the guidance notes please click here Eligibility Criteria and Referral Procedures.

Please Note: Unfortunately due to the increased volume of referrals we have recently received we have placed a temporary halt to the processing of all new referrals to our visitation programme. We will keep all received forms on file and we will endeavour to reopen applications in the coming months. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If you are referring yourself or making a referral on behalf of someone please download and complete our referral form and attach in an email to

If you would like a referral to be posted to you please phone: 01-8731855

You can return the referral form by post to:

Older Persons Coordinator

Friends of the Elderly

25 Bolton Street

Dublin 1

How long will a referral take?

Friends of the Elderly will process referrals as soon as possible, however there is a waiting list for some of our very popular social clubs.

If the referral is for befriending/visitation the process of finding a suitable volunteer friend may take time but we offer other programmes such as our Friendly Call Service or Social Events while we find a friend.

If you require any additional information

Please contact us on:


Telephone: 01-85731855