Chelmsford Mencap

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We are looking to set up a buddy scheme to enable our disabled members to access as many of our clubs and schemes as possible.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (245421)

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Situation

Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders as well as some staff to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self confidence as well as providing valuable advice and support for families and carers.

Solution

We hope to make a positive impact by introducing people to each other on a friendly, informal yet supportive basis. We would provide a strong emphasis on independence. Each client has different needs and aims, so befrienders and service users work together to identify the steps necessary to achieve these aims. Establishing a successful, trusting relationship can encourage members to feel more confident about making other friends in the future.