Youth Befriending

We are currently not accepting any new referrals into this service due to restrictions on our funding. We are hoping to secure further funding in the near future, so please do check again.

What we do

This service targets 13-18 year olds who have mild to moderate mental health needs.

These may include loneliness, isolation, bullying, fear, worry, self confidence and self esteem issues, young people at risk of offending, young carers, or young people who are experiencing other issues.

Fact: Did you know that more than half of all adults with mental health problems are diagnosed by the age of 14 and ¾ by the age of 24? Yet many do not receive appropriate support or treatment.

Bucks Mind Youth Befriending scheme aims to provide young people with someone to listen to them, value them and empathise with them.

The young person and the volunteer befriender will meet once a week for an hour or so and the befriender will act as a mentor offering emotional support and guidance.

Who are our befrienders?

All of our volunteer befrienders will be aged 17-24, will be carefully selected and will undergo a DBS check and require excellent references. They will be interviewed and Buckinghamshire Mind will offer a robust one day training programme and on-going support.

Buckinghamshire Mind has a robust safeguarding policy and this is available to view on our website should you require further information. We also have 15 years experience of running a very successful befriending service for vulnerable adults.

Working for Buckinghamshire Mind would benefit young people who wish to include this as part of their personal statement when applying to Universities, also those who wish to include it on their CV’s and Duke Of Edinburgh participants who wish to work for a mental health charity.

For more information please email sharron.harrison@bucksmind.org.uk or phone 01494 463364

Click here to download a Youth Referral form Click here to download a Volunteer Application form

 

BucksMind takes Safeguarding seriously and we require all of our volunteer youth befrienders to have on their person our safeguarding information card which will provide them with information and contact details should a situation arise.

Our safeguarding policy is also available should you wish for further information or if you have any other safeguarding concerns please contact our designated safeguarding member of staff: Teresa Doyle teresa.doyle@buckmind.org.uk.