“My befriender has been such a support & a good friend…”

Mary* was referred to us with a history of health issues, poor mobility and mental health problems, including high anxiety. These difficulties kept her at home most of the time and she often felt depressed and lonely. Through the Engage Befriending Project she was introduced to Pamela* from her local community who began to visit on a regular basis. Mary recently commented that Engage Befriending was “such a valuable service, just seeing someone once a week or so when we wouldn’t usually have much contact, my befriender has been such a support & a good friend”. She reported a reduction in her anxiety levels and felt she was “getting stronger all round”.

*Names changed to protect confidentiality