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Article published on: Sunday, 01 August 2021

Do you have some time to spare? Could you help us to provide services for people in the community who have been affected by mental health issues? Do you have skills or interests you could share with someone or just the time to listen?

We are looking volunteers for our Befriending service.

Befrienders offer one-to-one support to someone on the phone or face-to-face, once a week for around 6 months to help them build their confidence, self esteem and start to believe in themselves again.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on everyone and you may be the lifeline that someone needs during these challenging times.

Jane is a new mum in her 40’s who has struggled this first year after her baby was born and no baby groups were running. She is looking to regain her confidence and reduce her anxiety with support.

Keith is looking for someone to talk to on a regular basis. He has no close family and lost contact with the few friends he had. He would like to eventually meet now and then for a coffee or a walk.

Sally is in her 50s and has anxiety and depression. She relies on her family a lot and would love to meet a befriender of a similar age for walks, chats, coffees and perhaps to look round the shops. She would like someone to encourage and support her and give her the confidence to do everyday activities.

Tom is 70 and recently widowed. He would like to meet a befriender to go for walks in the local park and perhaps help him rekindle his love of fishing.

Could you offer one-to-one support to Jane, Keith, Sally or Tom? Volunteers can help by just being there for someone. Many people find it helpful to talk to someone who is not a family member, friend or professional worker.

“My Befriender has been impartial and non-judgemental and this can be very valuable in times of unease. She has an incredibly sunny disposition and is always ready to lend a listening ear and friendly advice.” – Befriending service user

Volunteer Befriending can be a very meaningful and rewarding role. We provide training and ongoing support to volunteers and pay expenses.

Please contact Vicky Royal on 07930 801681 or email [email protected] to find out more.

To find out more about Bucks Mind’s Befriending service, please click here.

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