The Re Connect project offers a peer befriending scheme in Gloucestershire for people affected by Stroke, Dementia, Aphasia, and other long term health conditions, and their carers.
What is Peer Befriending?
Our Befrienders are people who are currently living with a long-term condition such as Dementia, Aphasia, or Stroke, who help to support other people with the same or similar condition. This peer support can happen at home, in care homes, in hospital, or in a Re Connect group setting. Our Befrienders understand the challenges faced by living with a long-term illness and are able to offer support and help to build confidence by sharing their own experiences. Befrienders have also told us they feel they have gained a huge amount from volunteering with us and helping to make a difference to their own, and others, lives.
What Happens After Befriending?
We believe that the best long term support can be found within your community, and people are encouraged to attend our local peer support groups. Our informal groups are a great place to share experiences, offer ideas, support each other, and rebuild confidences. We’re always keen to help people start and run their own groups, so if there isn’t one in your local area we’ll be happy to look at getting one set up.
How To Get Involved
People can be referred to us via a friend, carer, family member, professional, or themselves. Please give us a call for more details, or fill out the Referral Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to us via the postal address at the end of the form.
Watch our short film to hear some first hand experiences.
We want to help people start up their own Re Connect groups – the befriending service is in great demand! As a volunteer you’ll receive training and support from us. We are also working with carers of people with dementia (partners have now gone into care home) to offer befriending services to others who might be isolated or without much community support.
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