Reaching Out Befriending Project (Ymestyn)
YMESTYN – Reaching Out aims to provide companionship for people in Llangollen and the Ceiriog Valley who are lonely and socially isolated. Most of our clients to date are those who are older and perhaps bereaved or housebound, some with mental health problems, but it is a service open to anyone in need.
Ymestyn provides a trained volunteer who could help someone live their lives more fully and integrate with their local community. It does not replace care provided by other agencies, but provides friendship and support for a limited period. There is no charge to
Ymestyn works with local Doctors, Nurses and Social Services, who have all shown an interest and are very supportive. Nightingale House Hospice provide training, guidelines and DBS checks. Two groups of volunteers have now been trained and Phase 1 of the service began with the first referrals in June 2016.
The Ymestyn – Reaching Out service has been provided entirely by volunteers to date.
Our volunteer befrienders are matched with clients on the basis of shared interests or background and will act like ‘good neighbours’ for them. What they actually do will vary, we all have different needs, but typically include:-
- Being able to give 1 or 2 hours of their time per week
- Building a sensitive and caring relationship
- Visiting people in their homes or taking them out on short trips
- Introducing clients to activities in the area
Volunteers could also assist us with the organisation and administration of the service.
Ymestyn provides travel expenses where appropriate and training is free of charge.