Community Companions is a befriending service that can support adults aged 18 and over experiencing loneliness, social isolation helping them to build confidence and get out into the community.
Loneliness and isolation can make life feel empty and hollow, it is a normal human emotion, however when left unchecked, long term loneliness can develop into a mental health condition like anxiety or depression. The role of the Community Companion is to help that person get involved in groups and activities that make them feel valued and have a sense of belonging to something.
Community Companions supports people feeling lonely and isolated.
Hifsah is one of our amazing Befriending Volunteers:
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is some more information about the role, please read to make sure you are comfortable with all aspects of the Befriending Volunteer role before applying to be a volunteer.
How long do I have to commit?
We ask for one-hour per week commitment and for a minimum of 3-months.
What do Befriending Volunteers say about their experience?
“I wanted to volunteer as a befriender as I know the value of having someone to talk to. This can make such a difference to someone who could be feeling isolated because of their mental health. It’s important to break the stigma of mental health and people feeling they need to hide away, as talking to someone or just knowing someone is there can help so much.”
Rebecca, Befriending Volunteer
“I have been volunteering for seven months now. I wanted to be a part of the team for this important charity that focuses on mental health and wellbeing, and, for a psychology graduate like myself, it’s been a valuable experience.”
Oliver, Befriending Volunteer
David is a Befriending Volunteer at Mind in Bradford, watch the video below to listen to David’s story or read about other befriending volunteer experiences here.
What is involved in my role as a Community Companion Volunteer?
As part of your volunteer role you would spend one hour per week meeting someone face-to-face in the local community. This could be outdoors for a walk or attending a local group in the community.
All Befriending Volunteer’s receive full training and support.
Please read the role profile and Frequently Asked Questions before you apply to volunteer:
How do I apply to be a befriending volunteer?
- The Application Form below which should take around 15-minutes to complete, you will need two references.
- Once we receive your application our Community Companion’s team will be in touch. Please be aware it can take up to 6-weeks to match you with a client.
- If you have any questions before applying please get in touch with us by email: [email protected]
Befriending Volunteer application form
Please select on the drop down menu Befriending Volunteer.
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