The Carers Leeds Befriending service supports carers aged 16+ who are caring for someone in the home or when the person being cared for has moved in to a care home within the last 3 months. We also support carers who have been recently bereaved.
Carers are supported by a trained befriending volunteer offering confidential fortnightly support. This could be face to face in the local community, by telephone or by zoom at a convenient time for the carer, the sessions are for one hour. The carer has 12 sessions with their befriending volunteer and the support last for 6 months. Carers who are house bound due to their caring role or own health issues can be offered 24 sessions. The support is reviewed on a regular basis by the Befriending Co-ordinator with the volunteer and the carer.
Our trained volunteer befrienders enable carers to:-
- Talk about their caring role
- Talk about their health
- Improve their wellbeing
- Make social contacts in their local area
- Share their worries and concerns
To find out more or if you would like support from the service, please contact Gayle Pannett, Carers Befriending Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 380 4300.
You can view our carers befriending leaflet here.
Here is some feedback from previous carers who have used the service:
‘My befriender helped me a lot. I feel like my confidence is better. She has also made me feel that there are good people out there that do really care.’
‘I feel like a different person, the difference is amazing. I’ve used the money (time for carers grant) to have a regular massage. It’s lovely and this week I even walked home so I could notice the scenery. I love having the confidence to volunteer at the florist and it has helped my confidence having ‘girls’ to talk to again. You have made an amazing difference.’