The project aims to work with disabled young people aged between 8 and 18 years old to provide a Community Befriender. Our trained Befrienders, who are volunteers, will work with the young person to access different activities and events in their local community. We will support the young person to build more networks and explore new friendships and horizons. Through our support we hope the young person will gain in confidence and feel more empowered as a result of the intervention.
Types of activities could be any of the following and more
- Attending a group or an activity
- Attending a class or a sporting event
- Attending a community event
- Help with travelling to and from a group or class
- Help with sourcing activities
- Attending our Steering Group and assisting in running the project.
We’ll introduce you to a trained volunteer who shares a similar interest, no matter whether that’s a fitness class or going to Brownies, Cubs or a dance group. They’ll support you until you are confident to continue on your own, or with the new friends you’ve made.
The project is available to anyone who has a disability or impairment; these include cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities. Joining the project is subject to finding a suitable training volunteer but we will certainly do our best to offer support.
Funded by Children In Need to provide a Community Befriending scheme for disabled young people.