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Cambridgeshire Mencap

What we do

Adult befriending scheme

Adult befriending scheme

Our befriending scheme for adults with learning disabilities provides the friendship and support they need to participate in activities or hobbies of their choice at home or out in the community.

How the scheme works

A carefully matched volunteer visits the person regularly and spends time with them. Typically, volunteers help their friends to do things outside their home – a trip to the bowling alley or to the pub for example. They can also help them with any specific hobbies they have, and could accompany them to the organised activities we run such as games sessions, discos and summer barbecues.

I really enjoy being a befriender. My friend has the same interests as me and we enjoy walking, shopping and eating out. I get pleasure in being able to take her places she wouldn’t be able to visit otherwise

Rose, volunteer befriender

How the scheme helps

The scheme helps people with learning disabilities by:

  • Encouraging them to make friends and spend time with new people
  • Helping them to get out and enjoy themselves
  • Building their independence, confidence and life skills
  • Giving them a break from their parents or carers

How to use the scheme

If you are interested in using our befriending scheme, please contact us info@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01223 883130.



A little of your time could make a big difference to someone's life.

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Your support helps us empower people with learning disabilities and their families. It helps them live the lives they want.

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