Befriender (face to face)
About the Volunteer Opportunity
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
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.
Tele-Befriender will be considered.
About the Organisation
Praxis Care supports individuals with mental ill health, autism, learning disabilities and dementia, providing innovative, professional, high quality support services to people across the spectrum of need and particularly at the higher level of complexity.
Register your interest
Volunteers may be required to complete an Access NI disclosure for some volunteering roles. A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a volunteer position.