Leeds Befriending

Our Leeds Befriending service is designed for adults in Leeds who are experiencing mental health distress. The service is centred around addressing isolation, improving confidence and motivation, and supporting you to get out and about in the community. 

We pair each individual with a volunteer befriender who will get to know you, learn about your needs and interests, and together support you to take part in a wide range of social and leisure activities. We take great care in matching you with your befriender, it's important you feel comfortable with each other and have common interests. 

We also have a number of peer support social groups that are available for you to join. 

The service can help you:

  • Experience a trusting relationship, develop and maintain social skills
  • Build confidence to use public transport independently  
  • Develop a greater degree of self confidence 
  • Feel valued and respected 
  • Experience a period of stability with a reliable trustworthy person 
  • Someone to talk to other than mental health professionals and feel heard!
  • Bring 'normality' into a person's life

How to refer

We have a simple 3 step referral process 

1) The referrer and service user complete the referral form and send clear information about risk issues.

2) The coordinator will make contact to arrange an assessment meeting with the referrer and service user. 

3) If accepted onto the scheme, the service user will be matched with the most appropriate volunteer as soon as possible. 

You can refer online. Or you can contact the scheme direct. 

Apply to be a volunteer

If you're interested in volunteering for this service please fill out our online application form.

Befriending contact details 

If you have any questions please email leeds.befriending@makingspace.co.uk or call 0113 276 1421.