Befriending for Wellbeing

HICOM’s ‘Befriending for Wellbeing’ scheme provides a voluntary befriending service for adults in our community who are struggling with their mental wellbeing.  Our aim is to offer friendship, support and a sense of connection to individuals who feel they need the support.

We believe that helping to reduce isolation can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing.

The evidence shows that contact with others is one of the most significant ways to improve our mental wellbeing.  This scheme brings together trained volunteers with those who would benefit from the contact. Each relationship is effectively a matching of the needs of the referred person to that which a befriender can offer and as such these relationships can go on to become genuine, warm and close friendships.  Talking together or visits to the local café can develop into shopping trips, regular walks in the local park or countryside and other outings

Befriending is not a form of therapy so is not intended to address underlying mental health issues or provide personal care.

There is no cost to access the scheme and no upper age limit. The minimum referral age is 18 years.  If you think this would help you please complete our Self Referral Form. You can see the process here for what will happen next.

We also accept referrals from friends and family and referrals from health professionals.  For this please complete our Referral Form

If you have any questions about the scheme please contact our ‘Mental Wellbeing Worker’, Sefanit Inquai  sefanit.inquai@hicom.org.uk who will be happy to answer your questions.

If you think that you would be interested in joining our team of volunteers to befriend others in the community you can see the role description and download the application form