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Befriending Services

Befriending Services
CONTACT Meg Hegarty – Project Coordinator
Email: [email protected]  Tel:020 8515 7852 (Mon, Thur)      

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 [email protected]  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.

Support Assistant Service 

This is a new service within Mind in Harrow where you will be matched with a support assistant who will meet with you weekly for a couple of hours to assist with practical tasks. 

The support assistant will work alongside you to undertake identified tasks such as tidying at home, completing basic paperwork and forms, making telephone calls, support to go shopping, support to attend appointments or to access a local service or activity. 

The support assistant will be sensitive to your mental health needs and will work in a way that helps to empower you and promote recovery. 

The support assistant service is paid for through your personal budget so you would need to have a personal budget to access the service. 

Our standard Support assistant service is for a one year period although we also accept requests for six months of the service.

Support Assistant Service Flyer

Support Assistant Service Referral Form