Definition: A scheme whereby an individual is given support in the form of friendship, sometimes helping with shopping or simply being someone to talk to and to ensure the individual is happy and safe.
Category: Adult Social Care
Service descriptions mentioning the term
CIB Befriending service - (Cardiff Institute for the Blind (CIB))Service
An individually planned befriending service
whereby volunteers use their sight in a practical way to help the visually impaired
person. It can be used for companionship, reading, writing of letters, escorting etc, but not for domestic work, decorating or gardening.
scheme for people with aniridia
who are members of Aniridia Network UK - an opportunity to talk to someone who has experience of the condition.
The Retina UK Telephone Befriending Service
(TBS) links people who would welcome a friendly phone call from a trained person with knowledge of dealing with RP
, with a team of volunteers willing to share their experiences.
The TBS offers a social link on a more personal and longer term basis than the Helpline
, with regular calls being made by the volunteers for as long as they are welcomed.
Local Minds support over 370,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include talking therapies, crisis helpline
s, drop-in centres, employment and training
schemes, counselling and befriending
. Each local Mind is an independent charity run by local people, for local people. They are responsible for their own funding and services. Mind Cymru works together in partnership with local Minds.