We are celebrating achieving the UK Quality in Befriending Award for our Community Companions project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Our project offers a high quality, confidential and non-judgemental service recruiting volunteers to befriend people who may feel isolated or lonely.

Imagine going days or even weeks without seeing somebody or not being able to get out of the house. Our volunteer befrienders help beneficiaries by visiting them, taking them out and about and helping them to access local services, like their GP or library, which improves their overall health and wellbeing.

The Quality in Befriending Award is the only award in the UK which is specifically tailored for befriending services. It recognises Good Practice and quality service.

Award spokesperson said: “The Community Companions project is clearly achieving fantastic outcomes for both the beneficiaries and volunteers. The clear and thorough policies, procedures and training give a secure platform for the project to support people using their project.

“Their training offered to volunteers is very comprehensive and there is clearly a lot of support being offered to all those involved. A high quality service delivering positive outcomes – well done!”

BAVO’s Chief Executive, Heidi Bennett said: “I am delighted that our standards of quality in supporting and developing our volunteer befrienders has been recognised. Going through the Quality in Befriending Award process allowed us to review and reflect upon all aspects of our project and we will continue to develop the quality of our service into the future. This accolade is in addition to our Trustee Charity Mark, Investing in Volunteers Award and Gold Small Workplace Health Award.”

Our waiting list is getting bigger and they need people with big hearts to help out! By becoming a volunteer befriender, you can experience first hand the difference that you can make to people’s lives by volunteering for a couple of hours a week and you will be well supported by the quality assured organisation, BAVO. 

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For further details, contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]