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Cambridgeshire Mencap

What we do

What we do

Befriending scheme

Our befriending scheme for young people 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 young person regularly and spends time with them. Typically, volunteers help their friends to do things outside their home - a trip to the cinema or a bowling alley for example. They also help them with any specific hobbies they have, and may accompany them during organised activities such as going to the gym.

We ask families using this service to consider making a regular donation to help support the scheme.

I always have a happy time with my friend


How the scheme helps

The scheme helps young people with learning disabilities by:

  • Encouraging them to make friends and spend time with people of their own age
  • Helping them to get out and enjoy themselves
  • Building their independence, confidence and self-esteem
  • Giving them a break from their parents or carers

Befriending Scheme Questionnaire November 2016 Results

In November 2016, Eddie’s carried out research to see what parents and young people REALLY thought of our Befriending Scheme.  Here are the results for young people and for parents/carers.  All of the results are in percentages and any names have been anonymised.

How you can find out more

If you are interested in using our befriending scheme, please contact us at befriending@eddies.org.uk or call us on 01223 883142 or 01223 883130.


Monitoring and Befriending standardThis scheme has been awarded the Approved Provider Standard by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.





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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