In our communities there are countless young people that would benefit from guidance and a mentor. At the same time there are many seniors that need companionship in our communities. What do you get when you combine the two? Profound opportunities for healthier, happier young people, seniors, and communities.
Today’s young people face many challenges, and too often are forced to try to navigate these obstacles alone. Today’s senior people, meanwhile, have faced many of those challenges and overcome them, and yet have no means through which to share their experiences. Befriending offers the perfect opportunity for the young and senior adults to connect and benefit in unique ways. Not only do young people gain access to the support they need, but seniors also thrive when given the chance to make a difference, learn new skills in this rapidly changing world.
Our Mind The Gap befriending programme offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated or could benefit from a mentor. This project focuses on bringing younger and senior people together to break down barriers and find out what they have in common in a fun, safe and interactive way.
The results of befriending can be very significant. Befriending often provides people with a new direction in life, opens a range of activities and leads to increased self-esteem and self-confidence.
By signing up to become a befriender, you are joining a national mission to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst our communities and guide the younger generation. Regular social interaction can help to build confidence, self-esteem and structure for someone, amongst many other positive outcomes.