Elder Tree Befriending has developed a unique and innovative partnership with Plymouth City Council, Livewell Southwest and Primary Care and provides a cutting edge befriending service for vulnerable and socially isolated people over the age of 50. We aim to engage the vast majority of our beneficiaries in a social engagement activity close to where they live that generates peer support and new and lasting friendships.

As a charity we exist to support older people to continue to live independently in their own homes and we make a significant contribution to community cohesion and development. We are actively involved with over 80 Statutory and Voluntary Sector organisations and we offer a weekly program of social inclusion and light impact exercise in 48 separate locations across the city. We are innovative and creative in introducing exciting new initiatives and activities.

The Four Elements that make up Elder Tree Befriending

One to One Support

Our core activity is ‘One to One’ Befriending and this is where we support frail and socially isolated older people who are housebound in their home with a Volunteer Befriender.

Social Inclusion

We promote and support our beneficiaries to continue to live independently and make and sustain friendships through a series of lunch and supper clubs. Stimulating the mind of our beneficiaries is really important and we do this through weekly quizzes, craft groups and 2 amazing community choirs. We also offer a unique ‘access to the theatre’ opportunity that is supported by the Theatre Royal Plymouth that enable 1500 trips to the theatre last year.

Active Lives

Active Lives is a low impact programme of physical activity that is delivered in various locations across the city – the sessions also incorporate a ‘drop in’ element where our project workers provide advice, information and signposting across a wide range of issues.


We are supported by 155 amazing volunteers and they are the beating heart and soul of our charity. They are leaders and decision makers and drive our development and direction of travel. 

For the Elder Tree latest timetable of activities please click here.