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Befriending Services

Befriending Services
CONTACT Meg Hegarty – Project Coordinator
Email: m.hegarty@mindinharrow.org.uk  Tel:020 8515 7852 (Mon, Thur)     

We are now open for referrals to our befriending scheme. New assessments can be carried out and we will be able to match service users with new befrienders from the end of April onwards.

Information for Service Users

A volunteer befriender will spend time with someone who feels lonely and isolated, about once a week for two hours. According to what you would like to do, you may meet them in your home or go out for coffee, say, or to the cinema and shops. You must be in receipt of a Personal Budget in order to access this service; if you are not aware of this scheme, you can find some information here or get in contact with Mind in Harrow. The initial period that a volunteer will commit is one year spent with one service user, but there is the possibility of continuing with their support beyond this.

If you would like to find out more about accessing the befriending service, please call Meg Hegarty on 020 8515 7852, email m.hegarty@mindinharrow.org.uk  or complete the referral form below and send it to us.

Befriending Scheme Leaflet

Referral Form

Understanding Your Personal Budget Contract

Eligibility Criteria for receiving befriending services

Want to Volunteer as a Befriender?

This role involves providing one-on-one support to a local service user, which will take around 2 hours a week of your time. You should be able to commit to a year of volunteering. Ideally volunteers should be pursuing a career path in mental health care or have experience of working with people with mental health problems. You can find more information on our volunteering opportunities page or visit our "Become a Befriender" page.

The next befriending training course will take place on Thursday 20th and Saturday 22nd April – you must attend both days of training. Please get in contact via the details above for more information.