Befriending scheme

Our befriending scheme for young people with learning disabilities provides the friendship and support they need to participate in activities or hobbies of their choice at home or out in the community.

How the scheme works

A carefully matched volunteer visits the young person regularly and spends time with them. Typically, volunteers help their friends to do things outside their home – a trip to the cinema or a bowling alley for example. They also help them with any specific hobbies they have, and may accompany them during organised activities such as going to the gym.

We ask families using this service to consider making a regular donation to help support the scheme.

I always have a happy time with my friend

How the scheme helps

The scheme helps young people with learning disabilities by:

Encouraging them to make friends and spend time with people of their own age

Helping them to get out and enjoy themselves

Building their independence, confidence and self-esteem

Giving them a break from their parents or carers

Befriending Scheme Questionnaire November 2016 Results

In November 2016, Eddie’s carried out research to see what parents and young people REALLY thought of our Befriending Scheme. Here are the results for young people and for parents/carers. All of the results are in percentages and any names have been anonymised.

Befriending works

For those 15 and above who want to come and socialise in a fun, relaxed environment. Held on the first and third Saturday of every month at Eddie’s, Lancaster House, Capper Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9LY, between 10am and 12pm, the drop-in group offers a place for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to meet, make new friends and have fun taking part in games, craft, music and drama activities. Why not come a long for a FREE taster session? Every session is different and most recently we played Boccia and new age kurling, and we also all took part in our very own ‘Bake Off’ competition.