Could you be a Befriender? Ref:1590

Befriending is a service for people who are experiencing problems with their mental health, and who, as a result, are more likely to experience social isolation, or a limited social life. Befriending may also help people who are on the road to recovery and need short-term support, possibly around a specific issue.

You would be asked as a Befriender to volunteer to meet your partner regularly, either just for a visit or for an activity or outing of some kind, examples could be:

  • Meeting for a tea or a coffee
  • Going for a walk
  • Home visits
  • Going to the cinema
  • An activity at a sports centre
  • Daytrips (seaside, museum, the Dales, etc.)
  • Anything people want as long as both parties agree, and it’s ethical and affordable!

The focus of Befriending is around gaining independence, self-confidence and self-sufficiency, so it is important to note that partnerships are time-limited to one year.

If you think you could become a Befriender click ‘Apply for job’ below


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