The Befriending Service provides support for people who feel isolated or alone due to the effects of mental illness. A Volunteer Befriender is someone who can be there just for the Befriendee; to listen to them and give some time when it is most needed.
A Befriender can also: Visit someone at home, go shopping with them; visit the doctor with them, or even accompany them to other appointments.
The volunteer could also provide information about local clubs, groups etc; accompany them on new ventures, such as clubs or classes, for the first time, and provide support during a difficult period.
The Befriending Service aims to
- Improve self confidence
- Improve self esteem
- Reduce isolation caused by mental ill health
- Reduce loneliness
- Enable people to cope with their lives beyond the Befriending Service
Those who are part othe Befriending Service will be able to:
- Express their concerns/feelings and have them listened to
- Find companionship and friendship
- Get practical support
- Get assistance with developing self-help and coping skills
This service is very succesful, but with over 60 people waiting for a befriender, needs funds to attract more volunteers and develop plans to keep people supported in the period of time they are waiting for a volunteer.
We have recently introduced telephone befriending as a way to help those awaiting a befriender.