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Your Say

Find out what people say about their experience with Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project. There are comments from the Young People themselves as well as Befrienders, Parents/Carers and Referrers …


 

"It is better now at home – it’s kind of calm and I get on better with my family, especially my brother."

- Young Person

"It’s someone who takes you places.  They take care of you, they listen to you and they give you advice.  They give you a break from your family."

- Young Person

"‘Befriending has helped me to get out of the house without getting bullied.  I have been able to go lots of places and do lots of things.  I wouldn’t have been able to go on trips, or to the cinema, ballet and Shambellie workshops’."

- Young Person

"Befriending has benefited K by helping her to be more true to herself, more grown up, more friendly, more confident, more understanding of people around her, less stressed, more happy, more understanding of her siblings and caring."

- Parent/Carer

""I've been a befriender for two years now and it's one of the best things I ever decided to do. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to be a positive influence in a young person's life, and am glad to talk about my experience.""

- Befriender

""I get on with my befriender because she is cool.""

- Young Person

"The Befriending Project has helped B as he enjoys taking part in different activities and spending time in company where he is listened to."

- Referrer

"My Befriender listened to me and gave me advice on problems I shared with her."

- Young Person

"It’s somebody to tell your thoughts to and how good your day was."

- Young Person

"S has been able to access social/leisure activities which she would otherwise not have assessed.  Activities such as going for a meal or to the supermarket may seem like everyday activities but S has a very limited exposure to these and having a Befriender has opened up these opportunities for her.  S has benefitted from having another adult to talk to rather than just her mum.  It has started to extend her social network."

- Referrer

"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

"‘'J'’s relationships with others have improved considerably as her self-esteem and confidence have increased.  Previously she always seemed to see herself as a victim of society, now she has realised that she can make the difference’."

- Referrer

"Do you feel befriending has benefited the young person? "I saw the change within the first few weeks.  His outlook and his demure became more open and relaxed.""

- Befriender

"Everyone was very sad when the match came to an end.  To me, this says so much about the fantastic relationship that had developed between the young person and befriender."

- Referrer

"A befriender can help you come out of the shadows!"

- Young Person

""Having a befriender helped me because it got me out of the house and I could talk about things.  When we went out it gave me a chance to have a break.  You get to go out and have a bit of fun or you can go out and have a good old chat if you want, you can let out your anger, fear etc and know that what you say will not be whispered to anyone else.""

- Young Person

"I’m not as angry as I used to be.  Just going out with my Befriender has helped."

- 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

"‘'P' has a much higher level of self-esteem and is better able to make important decisions about his life.  He is better able to recognise her own qualities.’"

- Referrer

"I can now stick up for myself, as I now feel more confident."

- Young Person

"I’m not cheeky to people now because I am going out and making new friends."

- Young Person

"N looks’ a lot happier and comes across that she is in a better place, than when our match first started a year ago."

- Befriender

"My experience with the Project has been entirely positive and the young people I work with have all developed new skills and widen their social experiences."

- Referrer

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

- Young Person

"One volunteer who has been with the Project for five years says … ’I started as a 19 year old with a social conscience.  I’m still befriending but now pursuing a career in childcare.  I just offer unconditional friendship – valuing the young person in spite of, but not encouraging, bad behaviour.’"

- Befriender

"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

"This is a wonderful service which provides high quality input to vulnerable young people.  The positive impact is priceless.  Please pass on our thanks to the Befrienders."

- Referrer

"As I always say, your project has such a positive impact on the lives of young people.  The Volunteer Coordinators go above and beyond with the young people and it is such a positive experience."

- Referrer

"Having a befriender is helpful and amazing.  It’s safe, supportive and fun.  You meet new friends and lovely people and do new things.  My befriender is the best person I have ever met."

- Young Person

"I have notices ‘T’ is now more sociable and open. She expresses herself better and seems more relaxed and happy."

- Befriender

"Befriending has helped me in a lot of ways but the one that is most is that I have become a lot more confident and happy."

- Young Person

"‘R’ is now much more confident and secure – both within herself and in wider social situations."

- Parents/Carers

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

- Young Person

"Befriending has allowed me to see new things and do different activities."

- Young Person

"The Befriending Project has been a great help to myself, seeing his confidence grow.  He is more willing to get involved and is not afraid to speak in situations now."

- Parent/Carers

"My befriender was nice and not moody or bossy!"

- Young Person

"My Volunteer Coordinator has been marvellous in her support.  Befriending staff in general are very supportive.  Courses are excellent and beneficial.  Some fantastic outings have been arranged."

- Befriender

"‘J’ is much more confident and self-aware – and talks about things more openly."

- Befriender

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

- Young Person

"I think the Befriending Service does an excellent job in providing alternatives for young people to show them that there are possibilities and that there is hope.  The links with the school are invaluable and attendance at Child’s Meetings is hugely appreciated."

- Referrer

"The Befriending Project is an amazing service.  The volunteers are not paid because they are priceless!"

- Parents/Carers

"‘Becoming a befriender has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.  It has been challenging, fun and exciting.  The more dedication you put into it the more you seem to get out of it.  It was really great to get out and do some fun and exciting things e.g quad biking.  I remember us driving up and down muddy ditches getting messed up and having the time of our lives….I will never forget the look of happiness on my young person’s face.  I have been a befriender for 2½ years and we have done an assortment of crazy things…we have crawled around in a muddy forest on a group activity for example.  Other times we have simply taken my dog for hikes in Mabie Forest watching him chase the birds.  One of our favourite and relaxing things would be to go and chill out at a local cafe and stuff our faces full of pancakes and ice cream, followed by the most amazing hot chocolate!’"

- Befriender

"My young person benefited greatly from having a befriender.  She enjoyed the knowledge of having someone to listen to her and call upon in times of need.  She became more confident during group activates and this let her move on in her life.  I feel privileged to have been part of such a worthwhile project.  Keep up the good work!"

- Befriender

"‘The Project offers an excellent service to young people in our community and relieves isolation’."

- Referrer

"‘'K' is a lot happier and confident.  She is more socially interactive and seems more content within herself’."

- Referrer

"Has Befriending helped you? Yes, I can do more things that I couldn’t do before.  It has showed me what I can do and am more confident talking to people."

- Young Person

"I’m more confident about being outside on my own."

- Young Person

"I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my young person, he is now confident and comfortable, he behaves and has respect for others every time we are together.  His family have been brilliant, supportive and a pleasure to work with.  They feel like my own!"

- Befriender

"This past 12 months I have had the good fortune to be matched with a young person who was put forward to the befriending project by his school with the full support of his mother.  It has been wonderful to watch his personality change over the time we’ve been together; his aptitude for creativity, confidence in his own ability and his overall well-being has shown me the difference we can make to a young person who just needs that little extra in his left to set him on the right path.  So from me, a big think you to everyone involved."

- Befriender

"It is a fantastic project which enables young people to gain experiences which they wouldn’t otherwise have had the chance to."

- Referrer

"Befrienders help you, take your troubles to them to get them off your shoulders."

- Young Person

"“I have been very impressed by the Befriending Project in all aspects. The organisers are very focussed and caring and the ‘befrienders’ are no less so. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Befriending Project to anyone in need of it – or to a person who was looking for something worthwhile to do with some free time’"

- Referrer

"M has had so much fun and support, to take part in activities offered by your service.  She has blossomed with the Befrienders support.  She has experienced opportunities that she would not have been able to without your project.  I have no doubt that this has had a massive positive impact on M.  As a wonderful time well not be forgotten."

- Referrer

"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

""As someone who has completed a few hours a week for a few years I can tell you volunteering will also make a real difference to your life. Being a Befriender has enriched my world and certainly given me hours and hours of pleasant experiences; enabling me to interact with young people in a positive way for them and myself. You also have fun. A win win situation.""

- Befriender

""C (young person) can tell D (befriender) anything; and D really listens."  "

- Parents/Carers

"D&G Befriending is brilliant and a very worthwhile project.  I tell everyone about the good work it does!"

- Referrer

"‘I was very impressed with the careful matching process which helped to make the whole experience for 'M' so positive’."

- Referrer

"Befriending has helped lots with her social skills.  She has been more keen to try new things and to meet new people."

- Parent/Carer

"This has been hugely beneficial.  It has given her an opportunity ‘just for her’.  She enjoyed time with her befriender and always looked forward to it."

- Referrer

"’Befriending has brought a whole new dimension into my life.  It is great seeing the progress the young people make.  I didn’t realise how much I would get out of it because of the physical enjoyment of the activities plus the mental stimulation, it is much more rewarding than I had anticipated’"

- Befriender

"Do you feel Befriending has been beneficial? D interacts more with family and seems to be a bit more confident.  The Befriending Project has helped my kids, it has been a great help to myself and my kids.  I hope that this service continues and helps many more kids."

- Parent/Carer

"I feel that my Grandson has benefited greatly from his time with the Befriending Project.  It has improved his life skills; he now mixes better with peers; and he has experienced a lot of different sports and outings.  As a grandparent, we would not have been able to do all of these things.  Our Grandson’s befriender was absolutely the best – a match made in heaven."

- Parents/Carers

"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

"Mum trusts ‘G’ and knows I am safe out with her. ‘G’ has made my life so much better."

- Young Person

"‘It’s fun to get a break from big brothers and sisters and gives you a chance to do things you’ve always wanted to do’."

- Young Person

"A supportive and helpful program which helps you gain skills at your own pace.  Someone you can go to when you need help."

- Young Person

 

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