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“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

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

“I would say it’s a really good opportunity to do things you’ve never done before, become confident around people and get to know the Befriender really well.  I think its excellent.”

- Young Person

They are someone to talk to apart from your family.  They help improve yourself and make you a better person, while having fun.

- Young Person

I’ve become more confident. I’m more open and can go to places on my own now. I had fun!

- Young Person

It has helped me to become more confident and express myself more.  To talk to anybody openly.  I could talk to my Befriender about anything at the same time as having fun.

- Young Person

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

You get an adult who you can trust, who you can talk to, be listened to, go other places and have fun.

- Young Person

My Befriender helped me to be a bit more open.  To say what I need to say.

- Young Person

My Befriender has given me more confidence.  He’s helped me control my anger and gave me advice.  Today I will do my best because I know I can!

- Young Person

 

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