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.