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Volunteer Befriender (remote)

The purpose of Battersea Befriending Network (BBN) is to provide friendship and support to individuals who are experiencing social isolation because of mental ill-health and who live in neighbouring areas of the London Borough of Wandsworth. We want to put these individuals at the centre of all that we do, and our aim is to enable one-to- one befriending relationships that enhance quality of life. These relationships are intended to add value to, rather than replace, the care provided by statutory and third sector mental health services. We link up volunteer befrienders with individuals who have been referred to us by local mental health services. During the pandemic and lockdown, this contact has to be by phone, but as we ask volunteers to commit to the person they befriend for a minimum of 12 months, it is hoped that meeting face-to-face will be able to resume by the summer, when befriender and “befriendee” can engage in activities like walks, shopping trips shared meals and other outings together.

About Battersea Befriending Network - VCKC

Battersea Befriending Network is a voluntary
sector organisation dedicated to creating and
supporting one-to-one friendships between
trained volunteers and adults living in the
community who experience social isolation
due to mental health problems.

It is affiliated to an established registered
charity, APCMH / Being Alongside, which has
been operating a similar befriending scheme in
the neighbouring London Borough of Merton
since 1991. It also has the backing of the South
West London & St George’s Mental Health
Trust, Wandsworth Council Social Services,
and Wandsworth Community Empowerment
Network.

Times you can volunteer

Saturday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

Monday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

Tuesday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

Wednesday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

Thursday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings

Friday: Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings


Skills

Talking to others
Listening