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