We aim to come alongside parents and cheer them on, or perhaps stand with them while they wait.
We will not judge. We cry with them and/or laugh with them, whatever they need! We try to match parents by their child’s need, for instance, a chromosomal abnormality, mental health issues, a medical condition, loss of sight or hearing, autism, complex needs or developmental delay. We may be able to signpost parents to other organisations that we have found helpful.
Unfortunately we cannot offer practical support, but we may be able to help parents reframe what they’re encountering, take a step back, reflect and find the courage to go again, to take the next step.
We asked some of our existing befriendees what the most helpful aspects of befriending have been for them. This is what they said:
Perhaps reading this article has made you think you would like to know more about joining our team of befrienders. If so please get in touch with Nicola, our Additional Needs Support Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 029 2081 0800. We offer our befriending service to people of any faith or none.
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