Befriending is a one-to-one relationship offered to people living in the community experiencing isolation. Isolation is a circumstance often brought on by mental health difficulties. The aim of befriending is to help by:
- Relieving loneliness and isolation
- Listening and trying to understand
- Helping establish links with the local community through social and recreational activities.
How the Service Works
The befriending service is free of charge, although clients must pay for their share of any activity that they undertake with their befriender. It is available to anyone aged 16 and over living in the Falkirk area who has, or is, experiencing mental health problems. The service is managed by one service co-ordinator and two part-time project assistants. A key part of their role is to provide training, support and supervision to our volunteer befrienders (all of whom have been thoroughly vetted, including criminal records checks).
What happens next?
You will be matched with a suitable befriender and you will meet regularly to do things together. Your befriending experience will be supervised by a member of staff and you will meet regularly to review how the befriending is going. Befriending relationships last for approximately one year.