Befriending with The Leanne Fund
Our new Befriending service offers vital emotional support to individuals affected by Cystic Fibrosis who live in the North of Scotland, helping them to gain confidence, increase self-esteem and get out and about in their community.
Our service matches each applicant (Befriendee) with a volunteer Befriender who will visit or meet up weekly for at least 6 months to provide some company and, in some cases, assistance with accessing particular interest groups or sources of support.
All of the Befriendees are assessed by our Befriending Co-ordinator who will take care to match them with a Volunteer Befriender who has similar interests and will be able to provide the required support.
Befriending is flexible to suit the needs of the Volunteer Befriender and the Befriendee and can be carried out from Monday to Friday during daytimes and evenings. A meeting might include just having a coffee and a chat, going shopping or going to watch a film. It just depends on what the individual would like to do.
How to Refer to the Befriending Service
We operate an open referral system which means that people can self-refer or be referred by family, friends or by their CF Team/health professionals. You may request a referral form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
** It is important that the person being referred is aware of the referral.
We realise that from time to time, individuals with CF may want to talk to others affected by the illness. Our telephone befriending service will bring together people who are affected by CF and will offer ongoing support from a trained Befriender to those who are experiencing challenges due to illness.
Please contact us for more information about Telephone Befriending.
How to volunteer to become a Befriender
We’re looking for friendly, positive and upbeat volunteers to join our team.
If you are interested in this exciting new opportunity please contact Chrisetta Mitchell on 01851 or email email@example.com to request an information pack.
No experience is necessary as full training will be provided.