Could you be a one to one volunteer befriender, offering regular support to a local person?
Our sense of wellbeing can depend on many different things, but having a support network and/ or people you can talk to is so important to our emotional and mental health: everyone needs a friend or friends. The Befriending Scheme is a registered charity that works across Suffolk to provide friendship and learning opportunities for adults (16yrs+) from vulnerable groups, including those with mental health needs and older people, to our members with learning disabilities. Here is a sample of local people all living in the Felixstowe area who would love to find a volunteer befriender to enjoy mutual interests and activities, e.g. shopping, gardening, going to the cinema, a walk or just having a chat over a nice cup of tea!
- C is in his late 40s. He enjoys swimming, the theatre, shows, the zoo and getting out and about. C would like to meet someone to go for a drink and a chat, possibly a day trip to the coast.
- B is 18 and enjoys TV, games, movies, bowling and DVDs. B would like to meet up with someone to go around town, to the pier and generally boost confidence. B has communication difficulties so would need someone patient and understanding.
- R is a man in his 90s who enjoys international news, sports and any branch of the military services. He would like to meet someone for company and a chat.
If you, or anyone you know, might be able to share a few hours a week or month to help C, B or R or another vulnerable person in your local community, please do get in touch. Full and ongoing support is given and out of pocket expenses are covered.
To find out more, please contact us: Tel: 01787 371333 Web: www.thebefriendingscheme.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you so much, you could make a real difference to someone’s life ….and enrich your own.