Befriending COVID-19 Update

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.

We are continuing to provide telephone Befriending. Some volunteers are providing one-to-one socially distanced walks where this has been agreed. We are advising both parties to wear masks when meeting for walks.

What we do

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

How we work

Our Befriending Coordinators recruit and train volunteers who then form ‘partnerships’ with people from the local community. These can be for up to 6 months and can focus on a specific activity or on learning a particular skill or be 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.


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

If you feel you require any support to access this service, for example hearing loop, translator or mobility aids, please call 01494 463364 or email and we will get back to you to discuss your individual needs.