Services

Below you’ll find a short overview and explanation of each of the services that Befriended offers for our clients across Mid-Sussex.

Face to Face Befriending

This is where Befriended began in 2017, with a group of incredible volunteers who gave up an hour each week to visit an elderly, lonely person and spend time with them chatting and getting to know them. Some of our volunteers take their Befriendee’s out to the local garden centre or just to the park. We are keen to match our Befriendee’s with Befriender’s who have similar interests or hobbies so that they have something in common and something to talk about right from the get-go. 

Telephone Befriending

In 2020 when suddenly we were unable to let our volunteers visit our clients, we switched to Telephone Befriending and had an influx of both volunteers and referrals. These weekly (or sometimes more regularly) phone calls have been a lifeline for the elderly and lonely across Mid-Sussex, when they have gone weeks without seeing or speaking to anyone. 

Befriended Balance

Befriended Balance

Befriended Balance has started back with a bang!!!  The classes are suitable for everyone of any ability so if you want to come and enjoy some exercise with friendly people pop along on Wednesday afternoon at 1330.  We look forward to seeing you.  

In the new year, we would hope to offer our Befriended Balance classes in Burgess Hill.  If you know of a venue that we could use that is easily accessible and in a good location please do contact me at gail@befriended.org 

Please use the link below to register for Befriended Balance

https://zfrmz.eu/OOTiWNxTLN2VrpzDnhML

Befriended Buddies

At the other end of the generations, in 2020, children and young people were thrown into a world of home-schooling and being kept away from their friends. We created a resource to encourage children and young people to engage with the older generations by writing letters, sending pictures or just telling them what they’d been getting up to. We would love to continue sending letters and pictures to our clients as this always puts a smile on their faces, feel free to download the pack below and get your kids involved! 

Events

Befriended Monthly Tea Party

Sunday 5th February 2023

Come and join us as we enjoy a fantastic afternoon of food entertainment friendship and fun.  

Gail making delicious cakes for our last tea party

Acts of Kindness

Our current project, Befriended Blankets, is in response to the large number of clients who have expressed their fear to us of heating their homes in this cost-of-living crisis. Our aim is to give away 1,000 blankets this Winter! See more about this on our front page.

Our fabulous blankets are super soft, very warm, and luxurious as well as being huge! Every blanket is embroidered… with love from Befriended, to remind our clients we are there for them in spirit if not in person. They really are the perfect blanket to snuggle up with on a cold winter’s day.

Bereavement Support

Befriended Bereavement Support

The Bereavement Journey Course –  a 6-week course for anyone experiencing loss or grief from a bereavement starting 6th October 2022.

By means of a series of films and discussion groups the course gently guides bereaved people through the most common aspects of grief, enabling them to process the implications for themselves and discern the next steps.

If you or someone you know would benefit please sign up on the link below 

THURSDAY MORNINGS: 
https://thepoint.churchsuite.com/events/ij7qxhf5

THURSDAY EVENINGS: 

https://thepoint.churchsuite.com/events/rdbydtyd

Chaplaincy

We are all emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual beings.  Often later in life especially when we spend a lot of time on our own we think more about our spiritual beings.  Access to church can often be difficult so Befriended offers a chaplaincy service that brings ‘church’ to you.  This can range from a simple communion, prayers, a service, or a bible study. Contact Gail@befriended.org for more information.

Signposting

Sometimes Befriended isn’t the right place for some people and we are unable to support or cater to the needs of an individual. Or if someone’s needs change over time, rather than just stopping providing a service to them or not taking them on as a client, we are working with other organisations and partners that may support them better. In these cases, we would love to signpost individuals or their families to another organisation that may be more beneficial to them.