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Now that your befriending match has come to an end, how has befriending helped you?

I feel more confident around people and I find it easier to talk now.  I’ve found it easier to make new friends.  A Befriender is someone to talk to, you can have a nice chat and they listen to you, while taking you places.  I liked having a befriender, but don’t think I need a befriender anymore (I have seven friends now).

- Young Person

It is someone to talk to about worries.  I still feel a bit anxious about being outside, but my befriender has helped give me some confidence.  We have fun together.

- Young Person

I loved having a befriender a lot, she helped me to do things I didn’t think I could.  It has helped me build up my confidence, to go outside more and go to school.

- Young Person

I feel I have grown in confidence.  My befriender is very caring and helpful.  I can now explore different places and really enjoy getting out and talking to people.

- Young Person

How has befriending helped you?

Just going out and having someone with me has helped me feel less alone, and it got me out of the house.  It has helped me with social situations.

- Young Person

I have more confidence to talk to people.  I can spend time with someone I got to know.  I got to go places and do things we enjoy.

- Young Person

Befriending has helped build up my confidence, helped me to leave the house more and lesson my anxiety. Befriending is a bit of time where you can destress.  I very much enjoyed my time, the project is amazing!

- Young Person

Befriending has benefited S by helping her be more confident and to look forward to things.  Because her confidence has improved she is able to do things she couldn’t do before on her own, like get the bus or going to the shop etc.

- Parents/Carers

Has befriending helped you?

‘It has helped my confidence – having a friend who listens. I would like to thank my befriender for all the time she has spent with me.’

- Young Person

How would you describe befriending to someone who knows nothing about it?

‘It helps to make you more happy in yourself.’

- Young Person

If you had to tell someone about Befriending, what would you tell them?

‘It’s a young person coming together with an adult.  You have amazing days out, talk about ideas, the Befriender organises it and it’s about getting to know someone.  You are getting your communication skills up.  Also, it’s setting you up for the future because of all the meetings – it gives you confidence for grown-up meetings.  It’s been an amazing experience for me and I would recommend it to any young person who wants to talk about things they wouldn’t say to their family.’

- Young Person

Befriending is having someone to talk to when I needed to!

- Young Person

 

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