Led by project manager, Christine McNally, the five-strong team provides an extensive programme of activities within the former Calderhead High School building, SWFT is best known for its successful befriending service in which a befriender
works with clients aged over 55 to build their social network, leading to more independence.
Gwyn Lewis decided a few years ago to make a difference with his time and became a transport volunteer and a befriender
with Age UK Wirral.
Some people have low confidence or self-esteem and want a befriender
to accompany them to a group.
Irene Farrelly, who visits the Dublin jail as a volunteer befriender
, said the women welcomed and embraced the project from the outset.
This support is provided by trained befrienders
- parents or sometimes other family members - who are past the first year anniversary of their baby's death and have attended and passed Sands Befriender
If you would like to volunteer as a befriender
to an older person please ring Claire on 024 7643 3980 or if you would like to donate go to www.
It also supports a befriender
service available at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, and Morriston Hospital in Swansea for patients in need of support.
A donation of PS10 a month helps pay for a befriender
to meet regularly with someone with autism - and PS20 a month helps provide practical support to someone with autism who is looking for work.
1: FFRINDIA' PROJECT THIS picture of Rita Cooper and her befriender
Bet Roberts, who volunteers with Mantell Gwyneddbacked Ffrindia' Project, illustrates exactly what befriending projects are all about.
An initial assessment of need is made by a project co-ordinator and is followed by the provision of home visits by a trained volunteer befriender
and or attendance at a targeted support group.
working with life limited children at the Selly Oak hospice, 42-yearold Lisa took part in a Sahara expedition to raise money for Acorns last year.
Earlier this year Darcy was given an extra confidence boost when she was paired up with her new friend and carer Jodie Williams, a Barnardo's Cymru volunteer befriender