What is Befriending?
Trained volunteers provide one-to-one support to promote social inclusion. They support and encourage people to access their own community and create social opportunities. This helps increase their self confidence and social interactions.
Who can access our Befriending service?
- Anyone who is aged 18+ and experiences mild to moderate Mental Wellbeing Challenges
- People that would like support to develop positive mental wellbeing.
- Anyone who is ready to take active steps to work towards recovery goals which will include reducing social-isolation, improving confidence and self-esteem.
People can be referred by any Professional using the Befriending Participant Referral Form below.
I am very grateful for the help I received from Dorset Mind, and feel they have saved my life. I am now on my road to recovery.
Befriending participant 2022
How can I refer someone for Befriending support?
If you would like to make a referral, please firstly read our Referral Criteria and Guidelines around the Befriending service to ensure your referral is suitable for the service:
After reading the criteria and guidelines, you would still like to refer someone to our Befriending service, then please download and complete the referral form below and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Befriending Service Update
We are currently receiving a high number of referrals for our Befriending service, and as a result of this, the wait to access the service may be longer than usual.
Our waiting list is still open, so please continue to refer suitable participants and one of our team will be in touch as soon as they can.
Please note, there is no need to contact us once you have made the referral, a confirmation email will be sent to you. We will also contact you with regular updates on timescales.
Why not volunteer as a Befriender?
You can develop your skills and experience whilst supporting people experiencing mental or emotional wellbeing challenges. For many people befriending can be hugely rewarding as it provides the opportunity to ‘give back’. It can also be a stepping-stone to employment and or professional training.
All we ask for is a commitment of 2 hours per fortnight, for at least 6 months. For more details around volunteering with Dorset Mind, please head to our Volunteering page