CoCo – a Compassionate Communities project

What is CoCo?

CoCo is a befriending scheme provided by Mayfair Community Centre. It offers one-to-one support from a carefully matched volunteer.

Who is CoCo for?

Anybody who needs some help – mainly older people, but younger people too. If you’re finding it hard to reach out and get the help or social contact you need, give us a call.

What will CoCo do?

We will match you with a volunteer who can provide a regular point of contact – a friendly face or voice to brighten up your week. Our volunteers can help in a variety of ways, depending on your needs. They might assist with shopping, give respite for a carer, help sort out bills and paperwork, join you for a walk or an outing, or simply sit and chat with you over a cup of tea.

We do not provide personal care or do housework or gardening – though our MAYSI service may be able to signpost you to somebody who can provide those services.

All of our volunteers are trained, DBS checked and work within a framework to protect both clients and volunteers. The essence of the project though is friendship: our clients and volunteers enjoy each other’s company. This friendship can make a very big difference to your quality of life and is equally rewarding for the volunteer. That is why the project is so powerful.

Are you interested in volunteering?

To express an interest and find out more, contact Kate Slater, Mayfair’s Volunteer Coordinator on 01694 722077 or at

Who operates CoCo and how do I get in touch?

Janet Williams and Shaz Mallins are co-ordinators of the service. They can be contacted on 01694 722077 or at

CoCo is part of the Countywide Compassionate Communities network.