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BEfriend - Mental Health Volunteer Befriender



Details of the Charity:

BEfriend (formerly The Volunteer Link Scheme) is a registered charity (no 1072538) established in 1994. We provide one-to-one volunteer befriending to people within the London Borough of Ealing who are socially isolated because of physical, sensory, cognitive or psychological impairment.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

As a Mental Health Volunteer Befriender you will:

  • meet up with clients for 1-2 hours each week
  • provide companionship and build an open, trusting connection with clients.
  • offer emotional support.
  • help clients gain a better understanding of their mental health, of their diagnosis and of how these affect their lives.
  • work alongside clients to help them develop their social skills and confidence.
  • encourage people to pick up old interests and discover new ones by engaging with activities in their local and wider communities.
  • empower clients to make positive choices about what they want to do.

Skills Required:

  • To have good listening and communication skills
  • To be passionate about supporting individuals affected by mental health problems to achieve life-changing goals.
  • To be inspiring, creative and motivational in your support.
  • To be non-judgemental, genuine and empathic.
  • To see beyond the diagnosis to the person.

Additional Benefits:

  • You will become part of a network of volunteers with regular training opportunties, meetings and social gatherings
  • Volunteering hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteer Award 
  • Interested? Apply below:
    Please note '*' denotes mandatory fields
  • Name
  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the UK
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?
  • Would you like to sign-up for a weekly volunteering Newsletter?