Community Befriending Services

Our community befriending service teams up befrienders with people who often find it hard to cope, to manage day to day matters or to take an active part in community life. We support people with mental health problems to connect to the services and support they need to manage independently and to build social and community networks and activities in order to foster social inclusion, meaningful occupation, and improve quality of life.

What do we do?

Whether you need support with basic household tasks, to deal with official letters and forms, help with shopping and attending appointments, going to the gym or other leisure activities,  or just going for a coffee and a chat, the activities are many and varied. 

Befrienders work with you to ensure you keep safe, are engaged with the treatment and care you need and are able to develop your connections with the community and mainstream services. They will help you to better manage your health and wellbeing, to make the most of your talents and strengths, to build up your confidence and skills and to lead the life you want to lead.

In 2016-17 delivered:

~ 6,761 hours of befriending support to

~ 66 people with mental health problems and other complex needs

~ 89% reported improved mental health and wellbeing

~ 76% increased their engagement with the community and reported greater self-confidence

~ 67% reported improved social connections

~ 46% had better independent living skills

~ we trained, supported and supervised 33 community befrienders

If you want to find out more about befriending or any of our other community services you can download our leaflet by clicking on the Communities of Recovery image below.

Who is it for?

The service is for people with serious or long standing mental health problems who are able to pay directly for the service or who are eligible or in receipt of a social care personal budget. There is an hourly rate for the service.

If you want to apply, make a referral, or simply find out more, please contact us:

By Phone:   020 7259 8123

By Email:

By Post:      Wandsworth and Westminster Mind 

          Hopkinson House 
          6 Osbert Street                                                                                           London SW1P 2QU 

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.00pm. 

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Wandsworth & Westminster Mind
Hopkinson House
6 Osbert Street
London SW1P 2QU

020 7259 8100

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