Befriending

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic we at Buckinghamshire Mind are closely following the Government’s guidelines on health and safety measures regarding social distancing. As such we have made important changes to our services to ensure the safety of our service users, volunteers and staff. To ensure the safety of all, we have removed the aspects of this (these) service (s) that involves face to face groups and/or 121 meetings. We will continue to create and develop innovative ways of delivering remote mental wellbeing support that focuses on tackling social isolation and promoting positive emotional wellbeing.
As such, we are still running this (these) service (s) remotely, including (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • daily phone/email/text support
  • online activities and support groups
  • live groups via various digital platforms
  • postal care packages- including motivational ideas, group activities and peer communication
  • practical support, such as shopping and liaising with external services

What we do

Our Befriending Service offers short or longer term support to adults who are lonely or isolated as a result of mental illness.

How we work

Our befriending co-ordinators recruit and train volunteers who then form ‘partnerships’ with people from the local community. These can be for 6 or 12 months and can focus on a specific activity or learning a particular skill or purely for regular social contact.

Who do we work with?

Anyone over the age of 18 who is experiencing mental health difficulties (excluding dementia) may be able to use our service.

How to access the service

You can be referred to this service by your GP, the Adult Mental Health Team or other agency.

Click here to download a Referral Form

To find out more about our Fees, please click here.

Leaflets

Befriending Leaflet (for Service Users) Befriending Leaflet (for Volunteers & Referrers)