What is befriending?

Here at Staying Well we run a Telephone befriending scheme.

This is what the Befriending Network say about befriending:

“Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone. 

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Around the UK, there are befriending projects which organise effective support for children and young people, families, people with mental ill-health, people with learning disabilities and older people, amongst many others.

The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on other services which people may use inappropriately as they seek social contact.”

If you think you would benefit from a telephone befriender please contact us

If you want to become a volunteer telephone befriender, have a look at our FAQ’s or contact us

There are other befriending schemes in Calderdale. Take a look at our Other Useful Contacts page for more information…

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