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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.

Please watch this video to find out more about volunteering as a Befriender:

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)
Telephone Befriending Leaflet

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.