Sevenoaks Befrienders Scheme

What is a befriender?

A befriender is a volunteer who will offer support, encouragement and a listening ear to an individual or family in the local community. Our scheme aims to match volunteers who are able to give time and friendship with others in the local community.

All befrienders receive training and are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). There is no charge for the service. The volunteers - all members of local churches - want to offer help and support to local people, free of charge.

Befrienders are motivated and inspired by their faith but will in no way expect the befriendee to share it or be in any way interested in it.

How it works

  1. A referral is received from social and healthcare professionals.
  2. The Coordinator, having assessed the referral, will visit the befriendee to help decide a suitable befriender and will then set up a first meeting.
  3. The befriender agrees how often they will visit and for how long, and this is put into writing on the first visit.
  4. The situation is reviewed after eight visits or before, if appropriate.

Our aims

We offer quality time and support to families and individuals in the local community, by:
• offering a listening ear
• offering support and encouragement
• helping reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
• enabling access to other services, e.g. CAB, Debt Relief, Divorce Recovery, Relate.

Contact

Coordinators: Margaret & Cres, 01883 712576