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has anyone had experience with a befriending service?

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My support worker at mind has put me in touch with a befriending service. They got in touch with me today, and asked some quiestions. They said they would be pairing people up in january.
I dont really know what happens with befriending
 
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Umm... I think it will depend entirely on which 'befriending' service you are using. Are they charging you money? I would be very cautious aboput any kind of service like this.
 
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Well i am starting my training as a voluntary befriender this Friday so i will be able to tell you more then.
I will either be befriending someone in the community under the mental health team or someone from the Psychiatric unit.
My main focus is going to be just 'being there' for someone, listening to them and supporting them. It may involve someone coming to your house or if you prefer going out for lunch, its on your terms really.
Hope i can tell you more after Friday xx
 
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Okay, sorry - obviously a service like this is totally appropriate - please dis-regard my last post. :redface:
 
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Okay, sorry - obviously a service like this is totally appropriate - please dis-regard my last post. :redface:
You being not just a mod but a super mod can you not delete all evidence of your post being there in the first place so you avoid your :redface: ??

:LOL:
 
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Yeah... If I was so super, I'd have worked that out, wouldn't I. :redface:
 
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Iv been introduced to it thru mind, so i hope i dont have to pay. Will have to pay for councelling from them tho :( .
 
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Honey you dont have to pay as far as i am aware....i will keep you posted though, ill ring them tomorrow and find out more xx ps you certainly dont have to pay for a befriender xx
 
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Thank you. Its much appreciated
 
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Hope today goes well blacktulip. Look forward to hearing about it
 
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Right sweetie back from the training and it all sounds good.
We have to do ongoing training to be a befriender, much the same training as support workers as the role is very much that of a support worker only we do it voluntarily.
A befriender will listen to you, help and support you, say if you had an appointment somewhere and you felt anxious about it we can attend any appointments etc, maybe its just a case of going out for lunch once a week thats ok too, its up to you basically.
It is all free you wont have to pay for the service.
Sound good?

They can work on wards or in the community, i have been asked if i would be interested in working on the high security ward which i agreed to, i would also like to work in the community aswell though.

Hope this answers some of your questions hun, keep me posted :)
 
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Thankyou, that clears things up for me :)
 
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My support worker at mind has put me in touch with a befriending service. They got in touch with me today, and asked some quiestions. They said they would be pairing people up in january.
I dont really know what happens with befriending
If it is MIND Befriending Service in York they are very good. I speak from experience, and it is completely free. Give it a go, they'll be totally independent of clinical services and it will be someone whom you can build a relationship with at your pace, they'll be there to 'befriend' you, ie just be there to support you with the things you like to do, hobbies, shopping, coffee, leisure activities, or even come to have a cupa with you.

Has your GP spoken to you about a referal to Richmond Fellowship? They're a floating support service who could offer on-going support.
 
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