Befriending Scheme

Thurrock Mind Services – Befriending Scheme

Aims to match volunteer befrienders with service users who have enduring mental health problems. We recruit and train volunteers, from the local community, who can provide friendship and social support to people who may be isolated and lonely because of their mental health problems. The volunteer befrienders provide links to the work of Community Bridge Builders and the Drop In, as well as giving extra support for service users to access social activities and groups. They spend time with the service user doing the things that they would like to do but feel they cannot start without extra support – this could be a walk in the park, a day at the seaside or meeting for a coffee and chat. Friendships are usually for a maximum duration of 2 years.

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How do I find out more about Day Services at Thurrock Mind?

If you would like to use any of the Day Services you can be referred by your GP, Community mental Health Team, relevant health or social services professional, or other community support worker or organisation. The Thurrock Mind Referral Form is available here. If you wish to discuss a referral further, or would like to find out more if you think the services could help you, contact the Dropin or Befriending services by phoning 01375 380233 or fill out our Contact Us form.