The West Howe befriending programme
Do you think you can help someone in your community with mental health problems? Or perhaps you yourself could benefit from some individual support on a regular basis?
If you can answer yes to either of these questions, then please read on…
The clients must live in West Howe and should be over 18. They must also want one-to-one support from a trained volunteer befriender. Support can mean simply someone to talk to, or someone to accompany you shopping or perhaps visiting a garden centre for example…
Benefits of befriending in West Howe
It’s well known unfortunately that stigma and inequality surrounds mental ill health. Our befrienders aim to overcome this and promote their client’s recovery in a number of ways.
By encouraging people to access their community through social interaction, the client’s confidence should increase and they will then overcome isolation as a result of this.
To become a Dorset Mind volunteer befriender, we have a few small but important requirements you should meet. We ask that you are local to West Howe and can spare 2 hours per fortnight for at least 6 months – to ensure reliable and regular contact with your client.
We’ve had some great feedback from our current volunteer befrienders – which you can see here. They often benefit from doing something positive for someone else. It can be really rewarding for both parties.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please follow this link for an application form. Alternately, you can contact Claire by phone on 01202 551660 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the West Howe Regeneration Partnership, see here.