Befriending

Befriending supports young carers who might otherwise be socially isolated, anxious or troubled about their or their family’s situation. Through regular meetings with a trained volunteer befriender the young carer can have quality time for themselves and talk openly about what concerns them.

We take care in matching a befriender with a young carer, liaising closely with the family, the young carer and the volunteer, taking into account the interests of the young carer and the volunteer.

We are committed to offering quality and safe befriending to help young carers through difficult times. Usually befriending takes place regularly over a six month period, meeting weekly or fortnightly. Our volunteer befrienders receive comprehensive training, including safeguard training and go through an enhanced DBS check to ensure they are cleared to work with young people.

The benefits of befriending can be very significant, leading to increased self-esteem and self-confidence.