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Volunteer for befriending

Volunteer for befriending

Use your time to change someone else's life

About our befriending scheme

All teenagers and young people want to meet friends and take part in fun activities in their local area including those with learning disabilities. As a volunteer befriender you can provide the one-to-one support and friendship that allows a young person between 15 and 25 years old to play a more active part in their community.

How you can help

Your support and friendship could help a young person with learning disabilities get out to meet friends and socialise with people of their own age rather than their parents or carers. This added freedom helps them to build their self-confidence, social skills and independence.

Volunteering is a really useful experience that helps me make a new friend, too


What befriending involves

Being a volunteer befriender is a serious but enjoyable commitment. It involves spending a few hours every two to three weeks with your friend doing things you both enjoy. You can go for a drink or a bite to eat, go shopping or bowling or simply stay in for a chat. You do not need any special qualifications, but a responsible attitude and a patient, caring nature are essential - and even a little bit of your time could make a big difference.

How we support you

As a volunteer befriender we will make sure you get:

  • Induction training to explain your role and then further training if you need it
  • Full support from our dedicated team at one-to-one meetings and through regular phone and email contact
  • Full reimbursement of any travel or out of pocket expenses

How to volunteer

To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender, contact us at volunteer@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01223 883140 or 01223 883130.

Download a leaflet on volunteering for our befriending scheme.




Who are we

Who are we

We are a local charity supporting children, young people and adults with learning disabilities in lots of different ways.

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