Befriending

Our friendly and multi lingual support workers make time to meet people one to one where appropriate as a way to continue providing faith sensitive, culturally informed and culturally specific emotional support and reducing social isolation; especially for lonely, grieving, isolated or newly arrived members of the community, as well as people living with chronic health anyone unable to access our services due to mental or physical health issues.
Meetings can take place over coffee in the community or at a home visit. The support we offer is also practical; food deliveries, some help with light cleaning, picking up prescriptions, escort to medical appointments, council offices, a walk in the park, or a walk to the allotment for gardening, trips out to do activities.

Telephone Befriending is also available. We match an individual with a trained befriender who will provide support through weekly conversations on the phone for up to half an hour.

Over time; befriending has been known to improve mental health and wellbeing; as well as help individuals to achieve greater self-confidence and independence.

This service is provided by trained and experienced peer mentors who use a range of different languages and translators where required.

*Chronic health here is defined as any health condition that requires ongoing medical attention and, or any health condition that limits the activities of daily living.