Befriending

What we do

Our Befriending Service offer both one to one and group 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 short or long term and can focus on a specific activity or learning a particular skill or purely for regular social contact.

Co-ordinators, volunteers and clients then all work together to identify the necessary steps to achieve identified goals.

Our ethos is very much about working with our clients rather than for our clients and the aim of the service is to establish successful trusting relationships that build a clients confidence by having 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, Social Services, via Mental Health Services like ‘Healthy Minds’ or a Community Mental Health Team or through other agencies.

People using the Befriending Service can also access one of the following groups as an alternative to one to one Befriending: Knit and Natter, Singing, Creative Writing or Book Group.

Click here to download a Referral Form