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Befriending for Wellbeing

Befriending for Wellbeing

Be Connected: Be Happy: Be You

A friendly service for anyone looking for regular companionship, conversation and laughs, hobbies/activities, respite breaks, a listening ear or practical support with day to day living.

Currently operating in Gloucestershire, we cover Gloucester, Stroud, Dursley, Wotton, the Severn Vale and surrounding areas.

Current Status: We are able to meet outside, or to make home visits, taking measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 including wearing masks and regular hand-cleaning. We ask that windows are open for ventilation where possible.

About Befriending for Wellbeing

Befriending for Wellbeing aims to bring you help at home or locally with the little things in life that make a big difference.  

Offering companionship, conversation and laughs, our reliable befrienders will be led by you, your needs and your aspirations.  They will get to know you, to be able to plan your time together.

This might be to listen and share conversation, activities or pastimes with you, to give practical support, or to be a companion for your loved one(s) so that you can have a respite break. Befrienders are available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (except bank holidays). Regular bookings can be made for between 2 to 6 hours, weekly or every other week.

What does Befriending for Wellbeing offer?

Here are some examples of what Befriending for Wellbeing can offer, but if there is something that you would like to do, just let us know.

Just for you

  • ‘Me Time’ treats & fun
  • Discussions and chats
  • Craft/hobby activities
  • Board games/jigsaw
  • Hair wash & blow dry
  • Music enjoyment
  • Book reading
  • Cooking/gardening for pleasure
  • Time to Talk: caring, mental health, bereavement

Carer respite ‘time for you’

  • Companionship for someone you care for when you can’t be there
  • Dementia friendly activities for the person you care for
  • Activities for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities

Out and about

  • Accompany a first time visit to a club
  • Local walks or other social activities
  • Shopping

Self development

  • Digital/online skills coaching
  • Zoom activities
  • How to use a mobile phone

Practical support

  • Sensory loss assistance: read mail or news, phone calls, book appointments, help with paperwork
  • Light household cleaning/laundry/meal preparation
  • Connecting you with information or other types of support

Who is it for?

Befriending can boost wellbeing and be of benefit for anyone. It might particularly suit you if you feel isolated, if you are a carer looking for respite time, or if you would like help with some everyday tasks.

Key Info

Core Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays)

Area Covered: Gloucester, Stroud, Dursley, Wotton, the Severn Vale and surrounding areas.

Contact number: 01452 529697 / 07971 678396

Email: gloucestershire@guideposts.org.uk

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How to book?

Please get in touch if you’re interested in booking a befriender.

We’ll get back in touch within 5 working days to arrange a time to meet or talk on the phone, when you can ask any questions and we can then plan a first session.

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