Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to individuals who would otherwise be socially isolated.
The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides individuals with a new direction in life, opens a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Befriending can also reduce the burden on services such as the NHS, which individuals may use inappropriately to seek social contact.
The Befriending programme aims to work with volunteers and match them with individuals, to help them overcome social isolation and gain independence, within Watford and Three Rivers area.
Who benefits from the Befriending programme?
Individuals who have self-referred or have been referred to the programme through the Wellbeing Hub. These individuals are aged 21 plus and stated they are lonely and would like company.
The programme may not be as helpful for individuals with memory loss, dementia or mental health issues who need a higher level support. These conditions may affect the individual 's ability to build a friendship over the phone or face to face and, in some instances, the individual with these conditions may actually find the calls/meetings more distressing. If this applies to them, the Wellbeing team we’ll be happy to try to help them find a local service which may be able to support them better.