What is the Befriending Service?Befriending

It’s a service that helps improve the well-being and quality of life of people isolated by epilepsy by encouraging social involvement.

It does this by matching people with like-minded volunteers who can help them take part in a range of social activities:

  • sport/physical exerciseBefriending
  • cultural activities
  • eating out
  • informal learning opportunities
  • shopping.

Within reason, it can be anything … a joint decision between befriendee and befriender.

Listen to one of the befriender volunteers talk about his personal experience of the service. He gives an insight into the relationship between a befriender and their befriendee – the activities they undertake, the process of becoming a befriender with Epilepsy Connections and the benefits to both parties.

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What are the benefits for me?

  • go out once a fortnight with someone who is friendly and approachable
  • try new activities and see new places
  • have someone impartial to talk to
  • gain confidence in social situations
  • start to lead a more independent life.

How do I apply for a befriender?

If you are aged 18 years or over and are living in the Greater Glasgow area, contact the office for an application pack and then come in for an informal chat.