Befriending is one to one support for people who are suffering from or recovering from a mental illness. The support is provided by trained, caring volunteers from within the Doncaster community. Please see the Befriending Scheme leaflet below.
What is the Aim of Befriending?
Our Volunteer Befrienders aim to reduce the social isolation of people who are experiencing mental ill health by supporting them to access activities and meet other people. Having a ‘friend’ to meet for a coffee and chat or going along to wellbeing activities where you can meet other people can boost confidence and play a huge role in aiding recovery, as well as offering a great opportunity for chat and a laugh.
How often does a client see their Befriender and for how long?
“I never used to be able to go out alone, but with the help and support of my Befriender, I’m now able to catch the bus by myself and do my own shopping.”
We ask for a minimum commitment of two hours a week from the volunteers and the befriending “friendship” can last up to one year depending upon the availability of the volunteer.
How long does it take before a Befriender is allocated?
We put a great deal of time and effort into finding the right volunteer for the client and this can often take several months. Getting a Befriender is not a quick process but once Befrienders are in place we have found that clients benefit greatly.
“….I meet my Befriender once a week and feel that a little ‘normality’ has come back into my life. It is relaxed and non-judgemental and has helped me to be more positive about the future”.
Why use Volunteers?
Often people with mental health problems detach themselves from their family & friends, and though statutory help can prove invaluable, one of the main reasons befriending works so well is that the volunteer is not paid to be there; they actually want to be with their client.
Interested in becoming a Volunteer?
Do you enjoy meeting new people and feel you could share some positivity with others? Do you have lived experience of mental ill health? Are you studying and require work based experience? Whatever your experience, your help and support is always valued. For those of you who have experienced mental ill health, volunteering as a Befriender can be a positive step for your own mental wellbeing, and may be part of your journey to return to work. See our information packs below for more details or visit our volunteering page on this website.
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