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Many Minds

August 2021 Update
We are currently not taking new referrals for this service. We hope this will change over the coming months and will keep you informed through this website.
In the meantime, we are recruiting for new Befriending volunteers to support this service. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Befriender, please email Angela Riley at volunteering@westkentmind.org.uk. See below for more information about this role.

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 Many Minds befriending service is to:

  • increase social contact
  • reduce isolation
  • improve confidence, self-esteem and  wellbeing

The programme uses the six ways of the “Wheel of Well-being” to help identify personal goals as part of the befriending service.

 

Wheel of Wellbeing

 

How does it work?

Volunteer befrienders are accepted onto the scheme once all recruitment formalities are complete, and they have been fully trained. People who can benefit from this befriending service (befriendees) will refer themselves through the website.

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 weekly for up to 2 hours at suitable venues within the community, such as a local café, park, gym or garden centre, for a period of between 6 – 12 months.

To take part in this service 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 this information being shared with the befriender. See our Privacy notice for more information on how we process data.

So if you are:

  • 18 and over
  • aspiring to to increase your social contact
  • looking to improve your confidence and self esteem
  • willing to set goals and monitor them quarterly
  • committed to attending weekly meetings with a volunteer befriender for 2 hours per week
  • committed to the duration of the programme i.e. a minimum of 6 months, maximum 12 of months

…. you will find the referral form below.

Many Minds referral form

Volunteer befrienders

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 two hours per week and are willing to commit to the scheme for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 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 Coordinator Angela Riley or call her on 01732 744950.