Signing up for a befriender

Membership of the befriending scheme is open to anyone that feels they may benefit from having a befriender visit them in their home.

If you are interested in joining us please print and complete this form: FRow Friends member application and return it to the Parish Council office at: The Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ (blank forms are also available from here)

The fee for membership is £15.00 which contributes towards the cost of training a befriender. Cheques can be made payable to Forest Row Village Support Network.

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WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM FRow Friends

  • All our Befrienders are volunteers
  • All our Befrienders have been police checked, trained and been verified with a personal reference before we place them.
  • All our Befrienders are offered ongoing training.
  • All our volunteers are covered by a Parish Council insurance policy.
  • We will meet with you first to discuss the scheme in more detail before we match you with a Befriender
  • You will be introduced to your befriender by your coordinator.
  • After a trial period of approximately 6 weeks we will review with you and your Befriender how the visits are progressing.
  • A coordinator will keep in regular contact to discuss your befriending successes and any problems.
  • We will try to resolve fairly any problems, grievances or difficulties you
    may have as soon as possible

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU

  • To treat your Befriender with respect, kindness, politeness, and honesty.
  • To let your Befriender know if you need to cancel a visit.
  • To follow and work within the guidelines.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR BEFRIENDER

  • To visit you on a regular basis.
  • To treat you with respect, kindness, politeness, and honesty.
  • To respect your right to confidentiality unless your wellbeing is at risk.
  • To let you know if they cannot visit at the time arranged.
  • To follow and work within the guidelines.

If you are interested in joining the scheme please read our handbook and print and fill in the application form at the back:

FRow Friends member application