Someone to talk to
What is a befriender?
A befriender is someone for you to chat with, say how you're feeling and have a laugh - or a moan! They can also help you explore what is available to you locally, such as groups or activities.
Where and When
There are two types of befriending for you to choose from:
on the telephone
Your befriender will call you at agreed times, convenient to you.
over a cup of tea
Your befriender will meet with you for a cup of tea and a chat. This could be in your home or you might prefer to meet out of the house. This type of befriending can include the person that you look after.
Who are befrienders?
Befrienders are volunteers who are trained and have been CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked.
They are understanding, non judgmental and know what it means to be a carer. You can talk to your befriender in confidence.
How it works
First, our Befriending Coordinator will discuss with you the choices available.
Once you have chosen the type of befriending you prefer, we will match you with a befriender.
Lastly, with your befriender you will decide how often you will be in contact. Most people speak with their befriender once every 2 to 3 weeks, for up to 1 year.
If you feel that you would benefit from having a befriender please contact us and let us know.