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
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.
It is not unusual for some people with macular
disease to feel isolated, especially if it's difficult to get out and about. However, there is no need to feel alone - MS telephone befrienders can provide a regular friendly phone call, which may help to rebuild confidence and independence. Their telephone befriending service
may be especially helpful if you cannot get to one of their support group
meetings, but would like to talk to someone who has experience of macular disease.
Our befrienders are here to talk, laugh and build lasting friendships with. Living with deafblindness
can be lonely and you might find yourself feeling increasingly isolated. Thatâ€™s why we offer a free befriending service
where you can have some regular company from a friendly volunteer, either by phone, text message or email.
scheme for people with aniridia
who are members of Aniridia Network - an opportunity to talk to someone who has experience of the condition.
This provides opportunities for you to socialise in small groups by phone to build friendships and get peer support with other people in a similar situation. We match individuals together for conversations based on age and group preferences. Trained volunteers or RNIB staff facilitate the groups. Talk and Support befriending
groups meet on the same day, at the same time, each week. Each group runs for 55 minutes. Facilitators help the group chat together and keep the conversation flowing.
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.