Praxis Care operates a volunteer befriending scheme with over 100 matched friendships, some of which have lasted 5, 10 and even 15 years! Volunteer befrienders can help to reduce the risk of suicide, help to minimise the feeling of isolation, reduce pressure on families, and help to alleviate poor health and the risk of hospital admission.
Befriending Schemes are in operation in the following areas:
- Greater Belfast
- Derry City
- North Down & Ards
- Magherafelt / Cookstown
- Isle of Man
Praxis Care also operates a volunteer befriending scheme for young people leaving care based in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust area. This scheme was set up as the Trust perceived there to be a lack of services specifically for young people who were in the process of leaving the care system.
Volunteers are recruited, given appropriate training and then ‘matched’. Volunteers see their Praxis Care friend approximately once a week mainly to be a listening ear, build confidence, reduce social isolation and raise self esteem.
People with mental ill health, a learning disability or acquired brain injury find companionship through befriending. Their befriender visits because they want to and they are a volunteer rather than because they are paid to do so. Praxis Care recruits, trains and supports volunteers on an ongoing basis and also facilitates the development of ‘peer’ relationships which is extremely important.
If you are interested in finding out more about Befriending with Praxis Care please get in touch with the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Central Office.
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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