What is Befriending?

Befriending provides one to one support and companionship to people who are feeling isolated as a result of their mental ill health.  Befriending introduces volunteers to individuals who have been referred by Community Mental Health Teams, these ‘matched’ friendships go on to reduce feelings of isolation, provide a listening ear, build confidence and increase self esteem.

Volunteer Befrienders get involved with everyday activities with their Praxis Care friend, things like:

  • Going for a walk
  • Meeting for a coffee
  • Going to the cinema or out shopping

Why should volunteers get involved?

Volunteering is a two way relationship; the friendships built will have a lasting positive impact on both the volunteer, the befriendee and the wider social circle of both.

Anyone can get involved as a volunteer, giving a couple of hours to help reduce the social isolation faced by someone in the local community.  This is a great way to make a difference, using and developing communication skills.

All volunteers will receive training and support as they develop their befriending relationship.

Click here to hear Ivor’s experience of being a Volunteer Befriender.

How to get involved?

Please get in touch by email on volunteering@praxiscare.org.uk or by phone on 028 9023 4555

Or complete the online form below:

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This befriending scheme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of the Together For You project.  To find out more about other services available under Together For You visit www.togetherforyou.org.uk

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