VCBefriend is the umbrella brand for our range of befriending services for the over 60s. The services available are slightly different in their approach and timespan but all are designed to improve the quality of life for people who may be feeling lonely or in some way excluded from community life. Our range of befriending services include:
- Group Befriending
- One to One Befriending
Our group befriending service offers the opportunity for up to 14 people to enjoy days out supported by trained Volunteer Befrienders. This service is provided for those living in care facilities or receiving care at home/housing support services. Activities vary each month but generally feature either an outing to places such as Helensburgh, Luss and Aberfoyle or a shopping trip to Braehead, Stirling etc. All trips are chosen by the participants and those attending pay an agreed small donation towards the costs of the trip.
If you are aged over 60 years and have been identified by a referral partner as being socially isolated you can access our one-to-one befriending service. We will meet with the person being referred, find out about their interests and needs and then match them with a trained volunteer Befriender. We keep in touch with both the Befriender and Befriendee regularly to see that everything is going well.
How long can a befriending match last?
That is up to the two people involved! Some matches are short term helping people build confidence to go out into the community alone again or with new friends. Some matches last for a longer time. Also, sometimes volunteers leave the service and other matches need to be made.
Do you need to pay for a Befriender?
No, the core befriending service (meeting once per week) is provided free.
Can anyone be a Befriender?
We have a broad range of people contact us each year interested in becoming a Befriender. Everyone is interviewed and attends our 5 week training course. All of our Befrienders are also registered with the PVG Scheme and disclosed appropriately.
What kind of activities can we do as part of a befriending match?
This is really up to the two people involved. Befrienders can help with support for shopping, lunches out, visits to museums and galleries, walking… the list are endless.
Can Befrienders be accessed for one off sessions?
Yes, we can on occasion provide a befriender for a one-off or short term purpose such as to help after hospital discharge or as a respite sitter. Please get in touch for more information.
Are volunteers paid?
No, volunteers only receive their out of pocket expenses.
Is the service accredited in any way?
Yes, WDCVS holds the Quality in Befriending Excellence Award for this service.