There are needy patients who are lonely or need a listening ear during their dialysis sessions. Through the Befrienders programme, volunteers can establish friendships and provide social and emotional support to the patients.

As a Befriender, you can befriend a patient either at the dialysis centre or at the patient’s home. You can do it individually or with your friends. 

Dialysis session timings Ideal visiting time
Morning 7 – 11 am 8.30 – 10.30 am
Afternoon 12 noon – 4 pm 1.30 – 3.30 pm
Evening 6 – 10 pm 7 – 9 pm

We will provide you with training to acquire specific skills to raise your ability and confidence to become a Befriender. You will learn about kidney disease and nutrition for kidney patients. We will then match you with a suitable patient and you can start your befriending service to the patient, preferably for at least 6 months. To ensure better outcomes, regular visits (at least once a month) are needed. There will be regular communication between you and the NKF, so that adjustments can be made if necessary.

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A Patient Kit will be available at each dialysis centre to enable volunteers to engage patients and make a positive impact on their overall well-being.

The kit comprises of:

  • Nutrition Games
  • Exercise Routines to keep fit
  • Exciting Quizzes on managing blood pressure
  • Mind Stimulation Activities to keep the patients’ minds active

Information on community resources is also available for the patients seeking help.