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56 Bridge Road
East Welwyn
Garden City

01707 328014

Viewpoint is a user involvement charity in Hertfordshire for people with mental health or drug and alcohol problems. It is essential that the people who use or who have used mental health or drug and alcohol services are enabled to help make positive changes to them.

We provide support to our members to use their experience in the most positive way, drawing on their abilities to ensure we are user led.

We hold local forums and meetings to take service user views and suggestions to mental health service providers. Meetings take place regularly, in locations across Hertfordshire and give you a chance to meet with other people with similar experiences so that you can discuss your views and ideas about the services you receive.

Meetings are supported by a project worker or service user representative and we can help with travel costs to enable you to attend.


St Albans & Harpenden and Stevenage & North Herts

Friendship Scheme

Friendship Scheme
Guideposts Trust
82A High Street
SG12 9AT

[email protected]
01438 225560
0798 453 9343

The Friendship Scheme arranges for volunteers called Befrienders to be a friend to an adult with learning difficulties.
The scheme lets people make friendships on a one to one basis, which helps people to get out and about, to have a fuller social life and to use local leisure and social facilities.
We make sure we match people who have similar personalities, hobbies and interests so that it’s easier to make friends, lead a more active social life and build up a social network.

What do friends and volunteer Befrienders gain from the Scheme?
  • Confidence and increased self esteem
  • Further friendships within clubs, pubs and societies
  • A chance to do something different, fun and shared experiences
  • Support from other volunteers and friends at regular FS group social activities
  • On-going support from the Co-ordinator

Providing one to one friendships, helping people to take part in their community through leisure and cultural activities.

We also run the following Clubs here:
  • The Friendship Club – helps people who are harder to find a volunteer for to take part in community leisure activities. Volun-teers are supported by the Coordinator. Meets once a month
  • Art Group – enables adults with learning disabilities to meet others and enjoy arts and crafts in a relaxed yet exciting and hands on creative group. Activities include working with colour, art from around the world (for example, aboriginal paintings), pup-pet-making, card making and mosaic work. Meets on Fridays 10.00am – 12.30pm at the Lourdes Hall, Southdown Road, Harpenden
  • Fit for Fun! – A gentle and fun exercise and movement session with a healthy eating session. Meet every two weeks 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Trinity Church, Beaconsfield Road, St. Albans


South West Hertfordshire

Guideposts Mental Health Befriending Scheme

01923 223554
[email protected]

What can the friendship scheme offer me?
  • One to one befriending – volunteers give 2-3 hours once a fortnight to visit a client. Activities may include going for a walk, having lunch together, visiting local attractions or having a chat over a drink.
  • E-Mail befriending – volunteers spend 10-15 minutes regularly communicating by email with a client who may not feel ready for a one to one relationship. This gives them the opportunity to interact with someone and widen their circle of friends without the social pressure of meeting with a volunteer.
  • Group befriending – these social groups grew out of the need to provide a service for some clients who were on our waiting list – they spend a few hours every two weeks in a group, accessing and leisure and community facilities.

How can the friendship scheme help me?
  • Promotes relationships on a 1:1 basis between a volunteer and a person with mental health problems
  • Encourages the use of local facilities and amenities
  • Fights isolation
  • Increases personal confidence and encourages independence
  • Develops personal life skills/social skills
  • Builds social networks
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