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Welcome to THFN

With over 60 years’ experience of working in Tower Hamlets, THFN is an independent charity which supports over 400 isolated and vulnerable older people each year, most of them over 80, with long-term health problems and limited mobility, who do not have regular support from family. …read more

Our range of befriending services includes home visits, telephone support, information provision, support with accessing health and social care services, advocacy, consultation, and activities inside and outside the home. …read more

Our services support in particular the elderly, isolated and vulnerable in the local area. We have a skilled team of paid befriending workers and volunteers who reflect the ethnic diversity of our client group and of the local area.

Our work reduces social isolation and loneliness, promotes physical and mental well-being, and improves the lives of the people we support.


‘More than just tea and a chat’

Our new report aims to raise awareness of how important befriending is as a preventive service, and everything it can encompass when provided the way we provide it. It also highlights the challenges befriending faces in these difficult times.

        It can be downloaded here

 ‘Tin Baths and Doodlebugs’

Many of the people we visit have wanted to tell us about their lives: stories from when they were young, happy memories and sad ones. Some of these people were keen to share their stories with others, so we have published them as a booklet. …read more


Our clients say...

"If I lost you there would be no one to come and see me."

Our clients say...

"You do my correspondence for me, book transport and translate letters."

Our clients say...

"If I need any help I know that I will get it from THFN."

Our clients say...

"Home visits are a help, bring stability to your life, gives me a boost."

Our clients say...

"Makes me feel someone cares."

Our clients say...

"Helps with my confidence."

Our clients say...

"It makes a big difference to talk to somebody about your problems."

Our clients say...

"It felt great after having reflexology."

Tower Hamlets Friends
& Neighbours
St Margaret's House
21 Old Ford Road
London E2 9PL

Tel : 020 8983 7979

Lottery Funded

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