About the project
The service operates across Ceredigion and aims to reduce the experience of isolation and to promote the achievement of recovery amongst individuals experiencing mental health problems.
All support focuses on what the client wishes to achieve and is tailored to the needs of the individual. It is offered utilising the principles enshrined in Adferiad’s Recovery Programme.
The service will support the identification of further services which will enhance community prospects, signpost and make appropriate referrals.
Support is offered to individuals up to 4 hours a week, usually in one session although this is determined with the individual and the befriender where appropriate. Initial assessments are made to identify the needs of the client and to ensure appropriate matching with the individual working with them.
The service also aims to create meaningful occupation and community involvement via volunteering. Where possible, the service aims to provide recovery pathways to clients by recruitment as befrienders. This can create pathways back into employment and to enable peer to peer support.
All volunteers will require a DBS. Volunteers receive a comprehensive and high standard of induction prior to being matched with a client. They will receive support and supervision on a regular basis and will also be provided with opportunities for training, professional development and on-going career development where this is appropriate.
The Service is funded by Hywel Dda Local Health Board.
Eligibility / Referral Process
All referral routes are considered, and include CHMT; GP surgeries; voluntary sector; the police; local university; via carers, and, also through self-referrals.
All referral routes