Depaul's Befriending Programme | Depaulcharity

Depaul's Befriending Programme | Depaulcharity

Depaul helps people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Depaul's Befriending Programme

About Befriending 

Depaul's Befriending programme is a volunteer lead programme which ensures those who have moved on from Depaul's services are supported. It provides social support by pairing volunteers with individuals who are currently, or have previously been, supported through Depaul's services.

This support is provided by engaging in one-to-one meet ups and taking part in monthly group trips. Often people leaving homeless services can find it difficult to get used to living alone or integrating back in to their community.

As a Befriender, you will be paired with an individual service user who you will meet on a weekly basis for an activity. Activites should last between 1 - 3 hours and will depend on your hobbies, skills, interests and the needs of the service user. Activities may include cinema trips, coffee catch ups, or local events.

Current Opportunities

We are currently searching for Volunteers to join our Befriending Programme in Belfast. 

Befriending is part of our Housing First service, which supports people with complex needs to find and maintain permanent housing.

If you are interested in becoming a Befriender, you can contact Bronagh on (028) 95 219 928, or email volunteerni@depaulcharity.net 

Quotes from Befriending Partcipants and Volunteers;

"I remember the slight feeling of nervousness when I had my first meeting. I had the impression we were warily assessing each other. A week later, we met on our own and the conversation flowed naturally. Now many years later, we meet most weeks, sometimes going for a short walk in Stephen's Green and ending up in one of group of coffee shops we have come to know. Other days we drop in to exhibitions to see what is new. We chat about everything and anything, the weather, nature etc. It's all very easy and enjoyable" - Michael, Volunteer.

"Befriending is like a safety net. If things aren't going well for you, you can just pick up the phone and speak to someone who knows you. You know you always have someone there to help you. Without Befriending, when you leave a hostel and something goes wrong, or you're having a bad time, there isn't anyone to turn to. You can become used to the support in a hostel, and without that support you can become homeless again. If I didn't have Befriending I don't know where I would be. I could be on the streets, back in emergency accommodation, on drugs or even worse. Some people don't have families or friends, or any support at all but with Befriending you know you have someone to call and talk to." - Darren, Participant.

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