The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people, focusing on mental health and wellbeing - providing groups and activities to minimise loneliness and isolation, and ...
Many people are isolated and lonely, and whilst there is the Live at Home Scheme to help older people, we have found there are plenty of younger people who would benefit from some help. We have built a small team of befrienders / mentors who work with young people and mums who are experiencing some difficulties or loneliness in their lives. The volunteer might help them get out of the house - go for a walk with them, or just sit and have a cup of tea, chat, and listen. The training only happens twice a year so sometimes volunteers have to wait a while before they can start.