Rural Dorset Befriending Service

Two people talking over a cup of coffeeOur Befriending Service offers individual support by trained volunteer befrienders to those with mental health problems.  The aim is to improve the quality of life of their clients by helping them to regain confidence and social skills so they can become self-sufficient again.

Trained volunteers provide one-to-one support that promotes social inclusion.  They support and encourage people to access their own community and create social opportunities, to thereby increase their self confidence and social interactions.

Click here for the Befriending leaflet

How much does it cost?

We have up to 10 free places for residents of Bournemouth – who are registered with a mental health team.  For other people, it can cost £10 per hour – and they should also have a referral from their CMHT or GP.

With funding from the West Howe Regeneration Partnership, we also offer 10 befriending places for the residents of West Howe.  For more details, please see the link on the left.

How can I refer someone for befriending support?

If you would like to make a referral, please download and complete both the referral forms below.  Make sure you include details of the member of staff responsible for the clients care.

 Adult Befriending Client Referral Form

Please return forms to: Lucy Crescent, Befriending Service, Dorset Mind, The Coach House, Acland Road, Dorchester. DT1 1EF.

How can I become a volunteer befriender?

We are always looking for volunteers to help us to provide this service.

You should be aged 18+ (no upper limit) and can give a commitment of two hours a fortnight, during the day, evening or at weekends.  It would make a real difference to someone’s life.

Please contact our service coordinator on 01202 315329 – or email:

Click here for the Volunteer Application Form