Train to be a volunteer befriender this spring!

4 March 2016

Train to be a volunteer befriender this spring!

“We need volunteers!” That’s the message from local charity, Friends of the Family, who have just launched their latest campaign to recruit volunteer befrienders for the 5s to 13s Project.Friends of the Family pic

The Project supports vulnerable children and families living in Winchester and surrounding villages through the provision of a trained volunteer befriender who visits a family for a two

hour period each week. Befrienders spend quality time with a focus child and undertake activities both inside the home and outdoors.

The charity will be running its next free training course over two days in April and local men and women, aged 23+, are encouraged to get in touch to find out more about this rewarding voluntary role.

5s to 13s Project Leader Sam Hunt said: “If you’d like to train to become a volunteer befriender and join likeminded people on our next training course then please get in touch.

Just two hours a week of your time can make an incredible difference to a child and their family.”

To apply, or find out more, please email or call Lisa Travers,

Volunteer Co-ordinator, on 01962 864466.

For further information please contact: Lisa Travers, Volunteer Co-ordinator,

Tel: 01962 864466 / Email:

Notes to Editor:

Friends of the Family is an independent, registered charity established in 1993. We offer confidential support to families in Winchester and surrounding villages who are experiencing challenges and are in need of help and advice. Our services include:

I. A mums and under 5s support group offering mums with pre-school aged children a safe, confidential environment in which to share issues they are facing with each other and a psychotherapist, whilst children are supervised by a trained play leader and volunteers.

II. A dads support group offering confidential support to men with children aged 0 to 5 years who are struggling with their role as a parent and experiencing challenges within their family environment.

III. A befriending service for families with children aged 5 to 13 who are facing challenging circumstances.

We are funded through the generous donations of our members and supporters, local fundraising activities and a small number of grants. The charity is predominantly staffed by volunteers. Without them, we could not support the growing number of families in the local area that seek our help.

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