What we do
Befriending is one of a range of services offered by Buckinghamshire Mind. We offer both one to one and group support to people over 18 years who are lonely or isolated as a result of mental distress.
How we work
We aim to make a positive impact by introducing people to each other on a friendly, informal yet supportive basis. Bucks Mind places strong emphasis on independence and provides support by working with a client rather than for a client.
Each client has different needs and aims, so befrienders and clients work together to identify the steps necessary to achieve these aims.
Establishing a successful, trusting relationship can encourage clients to feel more confident about making other friends in the future.
Who do we work with?
We work with anyone over 18 years old who has suffered with a mental health difficulty and feels they would benefit from some support. This may involve support to access an activity, learn a new skill or simply to have someone to talk to.
How to access the service
People can be referred by GP’s, Social Services, Primary Care Mental Health Services, CMHT’s, or any other agency. People can self-refer but we would require a GP signature.
After an initial referral the client will meet with a member of staff from your area to discuss the opportunities we could offer. If it is agreed that befriending would be helpful the client’s name will be added to the waiting list until a suitable volunteer befriender becomes available.
To find out more, please contact us on 01494 792244