Please note that because of high demand we are currently unable to accept new referrals to this service.
An alternative befriending service in this area for people with mental health problems or people over 50 is offered by Age UK.
We would like to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender
Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone.
This can be especially true for people experiencing a mental health problem. Lack of social contact and isolation often has an adverse effect on mental health and physical wellbeing. The aim of our befriending service Many Minds is to increase social contact, confidence, and improve wellbeing. Social contact means a weekly meeting between a befriender and a befriendee in a community setting.
The programme uses the six ways of the “Wheel of Well-being” to help identify personal goals as part of the befriending service.
How does it work?
Volunteer befrienders and people who can benefit from befriending (befriendees) are recruited to the scheme. The befriending coordinator will match people based on the goals, interests and hobbies of the befriendee and the interests and hobbies of the volunteer befriender. The befriender and befriendee will arrange to meet regularly with each other at suitable venues within the community for a period of between 6 – 18 months.
To make use the of scheme you will be 18 or over, willing to discuss your goals, aspirations and current mental health needs with the befriending coordinator, and if you join the programme you need to agree to the information being shared with the befriender.
Unfortunately because of high demand, we are not currently able to accept new referrals to this popular service.
Volunteer befrienders are the core of our Many Minds befriending service. The scheme operates in West Kent and is aimed at supporting people with mild to moderate mental health problems who may need support to go out and do things in the local community. We are looking for people who are 18 or over, who can spare one to two hours per week and are willing to commit to the scheme for a minimum of six months. Full training and expenses will be given.
One of our befriendees who has benefited greatly from having a befriender told us:
“For so long I have been feeling neglected. You have changed my life in a matter of weeks”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender please email our Befriending Co-ordinator Ruth Brown or call her on 01732 744950.
Many Minds is a free service offered by West Kent Mind with the support of Sevenoaks District Council and Tonbridge & Malling District Council.