Connecting with Others Through a Befriending Scheme
Have you heard of befriending? It can be something we all do from time to time, even if we don’t think of it that way. Maybe you’ve seen someone on their own at work, or at the park, and you decide to go over and say hi. Maybe you’ll enjoy a conversation for a couple of minutes and that’s that – or maybe you forge a friendship that ends up lasting many years. You never know.
This is befriending, although it’s not a word everyone is familiar with. Sometimes, people share their personal experiences of befriending. As you can see from that story, not all situations involve the elderly – a group that is often highlighted as benefiting from this service more than any other.
You may already know we run a befriending scheme that aims to help the elderly throughout all the London boroughs. We are always on the lookout for anyone who is willing to give some of their spare time to helping elderly people in their area. Connecting with people can be so useful in many ways. While you may help them understand about any help they could benefit from, and simply making a connection with them, you may also find it beneficial for you.
The service isn’t just available for the elderly either – many disabled and isolated people across London have also benefited from this service so far. We ensure our service provides them with advice, support and knowledge to help them feel more secure in their lives. No two people are the same in this sense, as everyone we encounter can benefit in a different way.
For some, it is all about advising on doorstep fraud and other ways they may be scammed. For others, it’s more about advising on benefits and other financial help they might be entitled to that they didn’t know about.
So, if you want more information on our befriending scheme – perhaps for someone you know who might benefit or even for yourself – do get in touch. We are always here to help you discover more.