Why is befriending important?
Befriending gives you a link to the outside world. It is often a gateway to other services and offers valuable support.
At times of change, befriending and mentoring can make the difference between needing formal care, such as nursing or residential care, and remaining independent.
It is usually a voluntary arrangement between two people where someone gives their time to support you to make beneficial changes in your life.
Befriending may happen in a variety of ways, for example:
- By telephone
- Video chat
- Face to face
A befriender will:
- Be someone to talk to who will listen to you
- Support you to access local activities and engage with your local community
How do I get started?
Try searching Staffordshire Connects for organisations who may be able to support you in your local area. Here are some examples:
How do I become a befriender?
You could become a befriender as a volunteer.