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Battersea Befriending Network

DescriptionBattersea Befriending Network (BBN) is a voluntary sector organisation that aims to help reduce the social isolation that often accompanies the experience of mental ill health. The network does this by creating and supporting one-to-one friendships between trained volunteers and adults living in the community.

Although still based in the Battersea area, BBN now offers befriending throughout Wandsworth. Currently (September 2015), there is a waiting list to be matched with a befriender and any new referrals may have to wait for a few months before a befriender can be offered to them.

BBN is also looking for new volunteers who wish to be trained as befrienders. To find out more about these opportunities just get in touch.

Volunteer befrienders regularly visit those people they befriend and take part in activities together. This could range from simply chatting together, visiting shops, parks or a café to taking part in sports activities like cycling or swimming. In addition, twice a year BBN runs a social event such as a party or picnic to which all befrienders and their friends are invited.
Website

Visit the Battersea Befriending Network's website, or take a look at theirĀ Facebook page.

Email addressrichard.trout@virgin.net or info@batterseabefriendingnetwork.org.uk
Telephone number020 8947 5788
EligibilityThe minimum age for referrals is 18. There is no upper age limit. Referrals to the service should be made by a professional who knows the person, such as a:

- Member of a multi-disciplinary community team
- Social worker, therapist or counsellor
- General Practitioner or another doctor

A simple form needs to be completed to make the referral. This will be treated confidentially.

Record last updated: 29 September 2015