Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Social media Waterford Today on Twitter Waterford Today on Facebook

The Waterford Befriending Service is a Waterford Mental Health Association initiative which is voluntary based. It was set up, in May 2015, to help people over the age of 18 who are linked in with the Adult Mental Health Services (HSE). The aim is to support people who are recovering from mental health issues/difficulties. The Service hopes to foster independence, empowerment and reduce social isolation in the community.

What is Befriending?

Befriending is a relationship between a volunteer and a befriendee which operates within a structured framework. It is usually a time limited relationship which assists people to widen their own social network, increase independence and make informed choices hopefully enabling them to take better control of their day-to-day lives.

Waterford Befriending meets the needs of people with mental health issues/difficulties by:

- Supporting people to achieve their own personal aims or goals.

- Providing opportunities to the befriendee to have support in participating and developing their own interests and hobbies.

- Supporting the befriendee to access community resources such as local groups and educational services.

- Providing the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Level 1 to befriendees.

Testimony from a Befriendee in 2016:

“I truly appreciate that I was involved in the Befriending programme. When I started 8 months ago I was really anxious, deeply depressed, lonely and isolated. I didn’t want to go anywhere outside of my home. Befriending had a good influence on me. Gradually I started to enjoy weekly activities with my new friend such as walking on the beach, having lunch together, visiting the theatre for shows and aqua aerobic classes. All this lifted my spirit, reduced my social isolation and helped me to get better control of my day-to-day living. I really had quality time with the volunteer. She is such a great listener, very nice and a very friendly young lady. I got her support anytime when I did need it."

Mary Leamy on behalf of Waterford and St Dominic Credit Unions said "the value of this voluntary service is not to be underestimated. With more and more demands on our younger generation this valuable service is to be highly commended."

Facebook

Letters to the Editor

  • OUR VIEW

    The Winter OlympicsAlthough Ireland has more than it's fair share of athletes competing in the forthcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in South Korea there will be very few people in the country who will be disappointed if they don't come back with a slew of medals. For a country that goes into meltdown when we get some few inches of snow every decade or so it's even amazing that we've got any athletes going to the Winter Olympics at all!The Winter Olympics just really aren't our thing, we're n …

    read more »

Weekly Poll