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Befriending volunteer

We are now recruiting for our Autumn intake of new Befriending volunteers .


We are looking for volunteers who have 2 hours a week (weekday, daytime) to commit to their befriending client and live in Harrow (or the surrounding boroughs).

Job summary

Befriend on a one to one basis that normally lasts for 2 hours per week for 1 year for each client.


  • We are looking for volunteers from all groups in the community and backgrounds. Because of the nature of our work we can only accept volunteer applications from those aged over 18 years old.
  • Experience of mental distress, your own or others’ can be helpful but it is not essential.
  • You must be reliable and able to give time on a regular basis.
  • You need to be patient, a good listener, and able to accept other people as they are.
  • Ideally befrienders should be living in Harrow which is in North West London , living in one of the surrounding areas.
  • We are looking for volunteers who are available for two-three hours on a weekday during the day (morning or afternoon) as we do not have a demand for evening or weekend befriending and our office is not open outside usual working hours.


2 hours per week for 1 year for each client.

Responsible to

Befriending Scheme Coordinator – Meg Hegarty.


Email m.hegarty@mindinharrow.org.uk or tel: 020 8515 7852.

“I love befriending as it is a unique chance to give back to people in a fragile place in their life. It is a great opportunity to learn more and be part of a recovery process.”

If you are interested please read the role description and then complete the Befriending application form  and Equalities form to register your interest . We will be in touch once we are recruiting again. You will need to be interviewed prior to being offered a place on the training.

Training courses are over two days, and prospective volunteers need to be available to attend BOTH days. We usually run training courses every 6 months. The dates of the next course will be confirmed closer to the time.



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