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What is Befriending and Mentoring?
Where are the current locations?
How do the projects work?
The positive impact of befriending and mentoring
Who WE are
What are the current projects needing buddies, Personal Assistants and Mentors

What is Befriending and Mentoring?

Acting as a Befriender or Mentor can very rewarding in many ways, whether it be can be supporting a young people with additional needs who need a bit of extra help to enable them to take part in their choice of leisure activity or enabling a vulnerable adults to maintain their independence by providing practical assistance in the home or accompanying them on a walk in the park.

Where are the current locations?

As part of Hampshire’s Community Buddies scheme we operate mainly in the districts of Basingstoke & Dean, Hart & Rushmoor but may be able to offer further locations across Hants on request.  To find out more information please visit our Buddies page here to find out more infom0rmation about community buddies. Or if you want to find out more please contact us.

How do the projects work?

Family Resource Centre UK operates a screening process for anyone applying to be a Buddy or a Personal Assistant. Anyone providing a service or match on either project is asked to apply for a criminal record disclosure, to provide references and to go through our induction process which includes relevant training. Ongoing post-training support is offered for everyone involved with our projects

When a family contact us to ask about a buddy we ask them to complete a short Registration form so that we have more information about their particular needs on which to base the matching process. All enquiries are handled by our qualified and trained staff to ensure a smooth and confidential service.

The positive impact of Befriending and Mentoring

The positive impact of this type of support on children and their families is phenomenal and here at Family Resource Centre UK, we want to continue to create lasting happy memories for all children and young people no matter what their special need or disability. Having a befriender or a buddy not only provides the direct user of the service with opportunities which might otherwise be denied them; it also creates a much-needed break for regular carers. to rest and provide a different stimulating change for the person being taken out, or looked after for a period of time.

Being a Buddy provides valuable experience for those wishing to work in a caring profession or just wanting to make a difference in their local community.

Who WE are

Family Resource Centre UK CIC is an established and trusted organisation that has been working in the provision of support services for children, young people and adults for over 20 years. We currently work in Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and London. We are expanding our work across the UK, to address the increasing demand we see for our services and the amazing positive impact they have already had on thousands of families and individuals.

We have over 10 years’ experience in providing buddying programmes and have seen some fantastic outcomes, not just among those who have been matched with a Buddy but also from the Buddies themselves. All projects providing befriending and mentoring are rewarding not just for those receiving support but for those giving it. We are proud to be part of this.

What are the current projects needing Buddies/Mentors

Community Buddies – Providing Buddies in Hart & Rushmoor, Basingstoke and various across Hampshire

We are passionate about supporting families and this reflects in the projects we run.