Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who are looking for emotional support or feel socially isolated.
What is the Tourettes Action befriending service all about?
Are you unable to access a local support group or prefer to communicate with others on a one-to-one basis? This is where our volunteer befrienders can help.
Many families and adults have told us that they would like to be able to email or telephone another family member (mother, father, grandmother) or adult to talk candidly about their experiences with someone who understands, who has been through similar experiences.
All of our befrienders are volunteers and receive high quality training with regular supervision. Our befrienders offer informal support and a listening ear through a trusting and empathetic relationship by email and/or telephone with you. Successful befriending relationships help to reduce isolation and provide information, understanding and mutual friendship.
Many people may feel lost, socially isolated and stressed following a diagnosis of TS or whilst navigating the health system to seek a diagnosis. They may be distressed about living with Tourettes or managing it within a school or work environment. Our volunteer befrienders can play a part in helping reduce all of these feelings and to help you or family to move forward.
Who can apply for a befriender?
Anyone who lives, has or works with someone with Tourettes Syndrome.
What happens after I apply?
We will send you an application form, either in hard copy or email to fill out. This will enable us to find out how our service will be of help to you.
When we have received this, based on the information you provide, we will match you with a volunteer befriender.
If you are happy with this match, we will contact the volunteer and give them your contact details. Between you both you will then decide when would be convenient for your sessions to take place.
How long does a befriending relationship last?
Initial befriending relationships can last between 6-8 weeks. At the end of this period, if you feel that you would still like some support we will review your befriending needs and see if it would be beneficial to offer further support.
How do I apply for a befriender?
Please complete the application form in the right-hand Download column of this page, making sure your responses include as much detail as possible so that we can match you with the most suitable befriender.
Completed application forms need to be sent to Volunteer Manager, Emma: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply to become a befriender?
Please complete the application form in the right-hand Download column of this page and send the completed form to Volunteer Manager, Emma: email@example.com
Please note that at present this service is only available for those 18 and over.