BEFRIENDING REFERRALS FROM 3RD PARTY AGENCIES
Befriendees will generally come into befriending projects referred by other agencies. It is important that people are only referred to the Befriending Service once they are aware of what befriending entails and personally feel that it would benefit them. It has to be a person’s choice to be in a befriending relationship and appropriate referrals increase the chance of a befriending partnerships working. Gaining appropriate referrals can avoid unnecessary work for the Charity and rejection for the potential befriendee, and increase the chances of befriending working.
Our volunteer befrienders are trained to act within the boundaries of their unique role.
Please do not consider them as possible replacements for domiciliary or professional services such as: caring; one off sitting service; home help; shopping; transportation; support work; mental health advocacy; counselling and advice etc.
The referral system operates only in terms of making initial contact. Once a referral is received the person will be contacted directly. We actively encourage Referrers being present at the initial introductory meeting with Client and Cyril Flint Co-ordinator if possible. Due to the high volume of referrals and limited staff resource we are not able to provide updates on a befriending referral/relationship unless contacted and specifically requested by the referral agency. However where the referral agency maintains contact with the befriendee and may be aware of changes in their circumstances, it should be agreed that projects are kept up to date with any change which has an impact on the befriender’s activities.
Please check our page on what our Volunteers don’t do before completing the form below.
Please note: During May, June and July we will be focussing on helping lonely and isolated older people living in the Sale area. Please only complete a referral for someone if they live in this geographical area.