Befrienders contribute to the wellbeing of clients by offering social contact on a weekly basis. Time can be spent over a cup of tea reminiscing about past times, discussing current affairs or simply playing a board game or cards. A befriender can also assist with activities such as reading or undertaking short local outings if appropriate.
A befriender can offer a carer the opportunity to take an hour or so to be able to relax, go out or to catch up with things.
An important distinction that we make is that our befrienders are there to do things alongside their client, not for their client.