A project to improve the independence of people over 50 by helping to maintain social networks and remain in their own homes for as long as they are able. Clients may need support as a result of an illness, mental distress, disability, bereavement, isolation, loneliness, retirement or having recently moved in to the area and having no social network.
Befrienders are trained and police checked before visiting people in their own homes or in the community to provide companionship and support. They help to promote personal choice, increase self- respect, support existing personal skills and the development of new opportunities.
Over 50 - Live in Powys - Lonely -
At Risk of Losing Independence -
If you wish to make a self - referral and refer on behalf of somebody else please see the contact details at the bottom of this page. There is no charge for this service
Can you find time to be a volunteer befriender to improve the quality of life for people over 50 If you:
- Can spare an hour or two on a regular basis?
- Have good listening and communications skills?
- Have empathy for the needs of others around you?
- Have a sense of commitment?
- Have an understanding of despair, loneliness and isolation?
Then we would like to hear from you.
The service has helped and supported many clients to improve their quality of life and has had measurable benefits on their independence and confidence.
Powys Befriending Service, originally a lottery funded project with PAVO (Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations) was awarded the Quality in Befriending (QiB) in recognition of their safe and competent service which is run across Powys, the 1st service in Wales to be achieve the Befriending Quality Mark.
For more information contact: 01597 822191 and ask to speak to a member of the befriending team.
 Launched by Befriending Network Scotland in 2010,QiB is a quality award specifically for befriending projects. The standards outlined in QiB link closely to the Befriending Code of Practice and the credit-rated Vital Skills in Befriending training course. Befriending Networks is a member of the Accreditation Providers Forum [APF] and QiB is listed in the APF's Quality in the Voluntary Sector Guide. QiB was developed by BNS with input from Charities Evaluation Services (originators of PQASSO) the Accreditation Providers Forum .QiB assesses the core work of befriending projects and does not aim to assess the wider organisation. https://www.befriending.co.uk/quality-awards.php
Find information here about the 4,000+ voluntary organisations in Powys including how to access the Info-engine database