COMPANIONS Befriending is a project of Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA), based in the Peterhead and Banff which provides a service in the Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Banff, Turriff and Central Buchan areas in North East Scotland. We train reliable, sympathetic and willing volunteers to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness.
Confidential service, FREE of charge
For people 18 -
We offer support and encouragement
It may lead to a happier more rewarding life
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COMPANIONS is managed by Mental Health Aberdeen
Registered Office: 1 Alford Place Aberdeen AB10 1YD
Scottish Charity No. SCO 12306
A Company Limited by Guarantee No. SC 100864
Mental Health Aberdeen is a local charity that provides a range of support services across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for anyone affected by mental health issues. The organisation also educates the public about mental health issues and promotes positive mental health and wellbeing.
For some people talking about mental health problems is very difficult. Although 25% of the population of Scotland will experience these difficulties in one form or another during their lifetime, there is still a stigma associated with mental ill health. Social isolation can sometimes be a result as ‘friends’ shy away, and family struggle to understand.
COMPANIONS can help people who feel lonely and isolated by giving support, company, and understanding in difficult times. Click here to learn more
COMPANIONS relies on the time and commitment of volunteers. If you have two hours or more each week you can help. Click here for more info
Over the last few years caring for people with mental ill health in the community has become increasingly difficult. With constant demand placed on mental health services, and the breakdown of traditional family structures, what can be done to help people who really need support?
COMPANIONS is administered by Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) that matches caring, reliable and well trained volunteers with people in the local community.
It seeks to provide regular social contact, promoting a trusting relationship between the people we support and a volunteer. It works to promote the principles of social inclusion and recovery.
Help to overcome feelings of loneliness
We assist you on the road to Recovery
For people with Mental Ill Health
Well trained volunteers, there for you.
Recovery has been defined as follows:
“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each
person. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual’s
recovery, like his or her experience of the mental ill health problems or illness,
is a unique and deeply personal process.”(Scottish Recovery Network)
Recovery is happening when people can live well in the presence or absence of their mental illness and the many losses that may come in its wake, such as isolation, poverty, unemployment, and discrimination. Recovery does not always mean that people will return to full health or retrieve all their losses, but it does mean that people can live well in spite of them. (Curtis, 1997)
Without a doubt, our volunteers are our most important asset, without their work and commitment COMPANIONS Befriending would not exist.
All it takes is a couple of hours each week. Why might you want to volunteer with COMPANIONS?
Retirement can be difficult sometimes. What do you do with all that free time? Why let all the years of experience go to waste? COMPANIONS can help you make good use of your skills and time, in a way that really helps others.
When you’re studying for a qualification, experience matters. It can take years to achieve the best qualifications, but in that time what can you add to your C.V.? Why not find out what working with people is really like, with free training, expenses paid, and for only two hours or more each week? COMPANIONS can help you gain valuable skills and references, and help you show your strengths and abilities.
When you’re not in employment it can be hard to find a job you like. Employers are looking for people who want to work, and have a keen and willing attitude. Why not build up your people skills and find new strengths and abilities, that might help you find a new job? COMPANIONS can help you gain valuable free training,useful experience, references after six months as a befriender, and you can take steps towards the career you want.
When life changes we sometimes need to make a fresh start. Divorce, bereavement, or career changes can impact our lives quite suddenly. You might be looking for a chance to do something different, and make new friends. COMPANIONS can help you gain a new circle of friends in fellow volunteers, and find a way to improve your self confidence by helping others.
Peterhead / Fraserburgh and surrounding areas
King Street Centre
51 King Street
Mobile: 07800 886976
Banff / Turriff and surrounding areas
46 Ardanes Brae
Mobile: 07875 607523
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COMPANIONS INFORMATION CENTRE
Out of pocket expenses reimbursed
Stepping Stone to paid Employment
Learn New Skills
New friends in fellow COMPANIONS
Give something back to local Community
Training and Support
Worthwhile and Rewarding
Work Experience for Students or Job Seekers
COMPANIONS Befriending is a member of Befriending Networks
To find out more click here
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