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Friend service

A charity is launching a new befriending service for older people in Bognor Regis and Chichester, thanks to its group of volunteers.

 

This new initiative by Coastal West Sussex Mind coincides with National Befriending Week, which starts today (November 1).

 

The five befrienders will help people of 65 and over whose mental health barriers might be preventing them from getting out and about. This is part of the charity’s Communities in Mind service in Bognor Regis and Chichester.

 

Area manager Jo Bulis said:

 

“The people we want to help might be isolated, lacking confidence and feeling low or depressed.

 

“Our befrienders could meet them for a chat either in their own home or at a cafe. This can build up to accompanying them to one of our small, social Communities in Mind groups.

 

“The aim is to develop their confidence further and help them feel able to attend other places in their community or to reconnect with previous interests and hobbies.”

 

The Coastal West Sussex Mind befrienders, Paul, Phill, Charlie, Vanessa and Axel, are all having training in supporting people with mental health needs and are DBS checked.

 

For more information about the Communities in Mind service in Bognor and Chichester, call Jo on 07495 077341 or visit: coastalwestsussexmind.org/mental-health-support/support-for-older-people

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