Befriending Service

Kirklees Befriending Service

Kirklees Befriending Service uses volunteer befrienders to provide social and emotional support to adults with a diagnosed mild to moderate mental health difficulty. Volunteers provide encouragement and support to individuals who are seeking help with accessing the community and taking steps towards doing things to improve their mental wellbeing.  A downloadable PDF about the service is available here.

  • Are you a referrer?
  • Are you looking for support for yourself?
  • Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender?
  • Contact us
  • Feedback

    Are you a referrer?

    The Kirklees Befriending Service is a free service to residents of Kirklees who are 18+.

    The service we provide to clients:

    • One-to-one support with a volunteer (if required/ suitable)
    • The opportunity to build confidence to access and engage with the community
    • Support from the service Coordinators to identify and achieve goals
    • Group sessions including a coffee drop-in session
    • Opportunity to meet like-minded people

    Referral criteria:

    We support clients diagnosed with a mild to moderate mental health difficulty who need support to build confidence in accessing the community and meeting others. We recruit and train volunteers to be matched with clients on a one-to-one basis with the aim of meeting personal goals within a 6 -12 month timeframe.

    Exclusion criteria:

    • The client has a recent history of physical aggression
    • The client is acutely mentally ill at the time of referral
    • The client misuses alcohol/drugs or other substances

    Volunteers do not provide a ‘sit in’ service, nor do they provide home care or personal services 

    Please contact us to discuss a referral or to request our latest Referral Form and Risk Assessment.

    Are you a referrer?

    Are you looking for support for yourself?

    We are a referral service which means you will need to be referred by a professional who is currently supporting you, this could include a:

    • Mental Health Worker
    • Housing Support Worker
    • GP (including Social Prescribers)
    • Social Worker

    The Kirklees Befriending Service is a free service to residents of Kirklees who are 18+.

    Self-referral services in Kirklees: Mental health support | Kirklees Council

    Are you looking for support for yourself?

    Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender?

    What is a Befriender?

    A befriender is someone who can provide a caring, encouraging and non-judgemental approach to supporting people improve their mental health. This includes providing social and emotional support through activities such as going for a walk, having a coffee, visiting someone in their home or attending an activity/ group.

    What does the role involve?

    Generally, befrienders will provide telephone or face-to-face support to their client once a fortnight for a couple of hours. We ask for volunteers who can commit on a longer-term basis of 6 months as our clients set goals when they are first assessed through the service, these can be as small or large as they would like to aim for. Some clients may achieve their goals within a few months but for other clients, it may take around 6 – 12 months.

    Who can be a befriender?

    We welcome befrienders from all backgrounds who are over the age of 18 and are willing to support an individual residing in the Kirklees area.

    How do I become a befriender?

    To become a befriender, you will firstly need to complete an application form and provide 2 references. Following this, we will invite you to meet us for an informal interview which is a great opportunity for you to find out more about us. As the role will require you to work with adults at risk, we will need to carry out a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Once the DBS has been completed, we will invite you to complete induction training so you feel confident in your role as a befriender.

     

    What support will I receive?

    As well as induction training, you will have access to other training relevant to your role as a befriender. You will also have regular supervisions and ongoing support from your Volunteer Coordinator.

    Will it cost me anything?

    The only thing it will cost you is your time! All we ask is that you commit to a couple of hours once a fortnight and in return we will reimburse any out-of-pocket expenses, i.e.travel.

    Benefits of becoming a Befriender:

    • Flexible befriending hours
    • Careful matching process – we match our clients and volunteers based on factors such as location, interests and hobbies.
    • Regular supervisions and ongoing support from a designated Volunteer Coordinator
    • Access to other training modules via our eLearning package – these can be done as and when convenient to you.
    • Out-of-pocket expenses, e.g. cost of travel, drink as part of a meet up with a client.
    • Opportunity to references after 3 months of being a befriender.

    Please contact us to discuss role and request our latest application form.

    Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender?

    Contact us

    Kirklees Befriending Service

    Address: St Matthew’s Centre, Cemetery Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2SE

    Tel: 01924 468344

    Email: kbs@st-annes.org.uk

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Feedback

    We love to share feedback, here are some recent quotes both from volunteers and clients

    Volunteer:

    “The feeling that you have made someone’s day a little brighter and more manageable is second to none, and I genuinely feel very lucky and honoured to be a volunteer”.

    Volunteer:

    “I love volunteering and I’ve found a friend. It’s a two-way thing, the benefits are not just for the client but for the befriender as well. It makes you a well-rounded person and gives you an opportunity to give”.

    Client:

    “From having a befriender, I have a different attitude now and I do my best to stay positive and enjoy what I can…  I definitely feel less isolated than I did”.

    Client:

    “My befriender was absolutely brilliant. She was very supportive of my needs and helped me resolve any worries I was having”.

     

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