Would you like to give someone in need a Helping Hand?
Can you spare an hour a week to help someone who is lonely or isolated or to help change a life?
Befriending is a service beneficial to people who are socially excluded in some way. These range from vulnerable children to people with disabilities or mental health issues, disaffected young people, people with long-term health conditions, those who are socially excluded because of cultural factors (e.g. religion, language barrier), people who are older, those living with dementia and their carers.
STN is looking for volunteer befrienders. These will be expected to spend time with someone who feels lonely and isolated for two hours once a week. The initial period that a volunteer is asked to commit is one year with one service user, but the support may continue beyond this. We do our best to ensure that our volunteers and their wards are matched according to mutual interests and preferences.
Ideally, befrienders should be pursuing a career in mental health care or have experience of working with people with mental health problems. The befriending service provides personalised companionship for people with dementia or their carers, either in their own home or with outings and activities in the community.
STN community programs provide a range of support actions; we aim to help people feel less socially isolated, to have more confidence, and a greater sense of independence. Volunteers are essential to achieving these goals.
If you would like more information, to volunteer, or know someone who would benefit from our services please get in touch.