The charity also works with people with Tourette's syndrome and Dyslexia . These primary conditions often overlap and other areas such as addictions, eating disorders, self- harm, anger management can be part
through research found that its clients often felt isolated in the community. Some mentioned that they had no one to go out with for things like a walk or anybody to talk to, others said that they didn't talk to anyone all week and felt lonely. Some just wanted a friend, others said they sometimes needed help with a problem and had no -one to turn to. In these difficult times this has become increasingly important as some clients are struggling with their mental well being.
The charity decided to do something about this so they asked for volunteers to train to become a befriender. This is someone who gets in touch through Whats App, Facebook, email each week to make sure the person they have befriended is managing at the moment.
There is no time limit to the role or how often each befriender works it is entirely up to them and the person they support. It is a respectful, professional relationship where talking allows a client to talk about the things they want to or to seek help if they need it.
The befriender can signpost the client for support for example with benefits, food vouchers, housing issues, hate crimes, activities.
Testimonals- Most clients like to remain anonymous for privacy purposes
"When my dad died and my money stopped Lifeworks helped me." S lives with his mother.
" I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you" N lives on his own.
" I need someone to reassure me everything would be alright" N lives on her own
" I needed help to be rehoused as no one was listening to me" L lives on his own