The Befriending service will provide service users with the opportunity to link with another individual who can help them to form social networks and to build their confidence, reduce feelings of isolation, and help them to ‘move on’ with their lives.
The aim is to empower people, with the expectation that they will eventually access more mainstream services, accessing community opportunities in sports, leisure, culture, education etc.
The Befriending service will provide service users with the opportunity to link with another individual.
The befriender will be a volunteer from the community who will receive the relevant training, who is interested in the area of mental health and has the skills to provide the support required.
A befriender can be a trained volunteer, a former service user or a member of the general public who is prepared to work on a voluntary basis.
Users will have an assessment every 6 months and at 18 months when they (along with their key worker) will be encouraged to consider whether they need to go in another direction or if they need to use the service for a little longer.
The befriending services will be restricted to the 18- 65 age group for new users of the services, unless they are referred by IAMHS aged 65 plus.
This is a referral service only.