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SummaryBecome a Befriender to reduce loneliness
The impacts of loneliness have a profound impact on somebody’s happiness, quality of life and wider health. Many people are vulnerable and lonely as a result of a loss of confidence, a bereavement, mental or physical health disabilities, where families and friends have relocated or as an effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our befriending service is about reaching out to those experiencing loneliness and isolation, to provide a friendly ear and low-level support to help somebody feel more part of their community. Befriending is about identifying and emphasising strengths, interests and talents with those we support, and supporting the person on the journey towards taking positive steps to connect with others.
Our befriending service is open to all; young and old. A specific area of focus for us is to engage young people who are struggling to get into work in the wake of Covid-19. So, whatever your passion we can confidently match you to the right person to make the best possible impact on someone’s life, happiness and health.
A typical session might involve:
- Building rapport with your befriendee, establishing boundaries, trust and expectations
- Exploring what the person enjoys; what their talents are, building confidence through helping them to connect with what brings them joy and what they are good at.
- Exploring options for them to pursue their hobbies and interests, or connecting them to volunteering opportunities and paid work, or opportunities to further their education
- Identifying the support they need to achieve their goals and empowering them to take the first steps. This might mean accompanying them to attend a group or opportunity, rehearsing the bus journey with them etc.
- Reflecting on success; leaving a lasting legacy of empowerment
As a befriender, we ask for a few hours per week to maintain a relationship with someone who needs this support. This could involve weekly visits and telephone contact.
We provide class-leading training to ensure volunteers have the confidence and skills to become befrienders, as well as providing 1-2-1 support through a designated project coordinator.