Befriending is a service that provides companionship to
vulnerable people finding living in their community difficult. It
offers the opportunity to develop new relationships and
participate in social activities. Omagh Support Group provide a
befriending service to all its members.
Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships
through volunteer befrienders to members who would otherwise
would be socially isolated. The results of befriending can be
very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new
direction in life, opens up a range of activities and leads to
increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Befriending can also
reduce the burden on other services which people may use
inappropriately as they seek social contact.
WHAT DOES BEFRIENDING INVOLVE?
A befriender is a trained volunteer who offers their
friendship - within agreed limits and boundaries - to someone who
is isolated, lonely, or vulnerable.
Befriending at Omagh Support Group involves;
There are a number of things in which befrienders
are not allowed to do;
- Maintaining confidentiality
- Visiting you regularly in your home
- Meeting you or accompanying you into at a coffee morning
- Accompany you on an outing, an activity
- Accompany you to a doctors or hospital appointment
TRAINING TO BECOME A BEFRIENDER
- Cannot carry out tasks in your home
- Cannot accept gifts or money
- Cannot get involved in private family matters
- Cannot look after children or elders if present
Omagh Support Group have provided a befriending service
since 1999, it has developed an expert knowledge and experience
in this area and have developed a comprehensive and accredited
training programme for volunteer befrienders. The programme
provides individual befrienders with the practical skills and
knowledge needed to be effective and valuable companions. It is
compulsory for befrienders to undergo a qualified training
programme before they begin to volunteer. Befrienders are taken
step by step through the following structure;
If you are interested in becoming a trained befriender
please contact Omagh Support Group. Befriender positions are
voluntary. Support and travel expenses are provided.
- Understanding what is meant by befriending
- Understanding the building of relationships during
the befriending process
- Understanding listening and communicating
- Understanding boundaries and confidentiality
- Understanding attitudes, skills and values associated
- Understanding life cycle of befriending process
- Understanding Standards and support for befrienders
- Training also involves role plays, case studies,
discussion and practical exercises.
HOW CAN I AVAIL OF THIS SERVICE?
Omagh Support have a dedicated befriending
coordinator; Michael Gallagher, who has undergone befriending and
befriending coordinator training.
If you would like a befriender to help or accompany you
Michael Gallagher on 028 82259877.