Do you know a young person who is struggling to cope?

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Life can be pretty strange when everything you're used to at home starts to change. We support young people (8-18 year-olds) who are struggling with the divorce or separation of their parents.

Support from a Befriender

Feeling isolated - a drawing by a young person

The support we offer young people is delivered on a one-to-one basis and delivered by a ‘befriender’. All of our befrienders are volunteers who themselves have experienced parental separation – so they have first-hand experience seen through a child's viewpoint. They are all PVG checked and fully trained in order to support the young person.

At the first meeting, the young person and their guardian are introduced to the befriender. Thereafter the young person and befriender meet once a week for an hour. They talk, listen, play games and do some activities which enable the young person to understand their feelings better and give them some positive coping strategies.  

The befriending course

Our befrienders are trained, and they use a specifically designed toolkit with supporting material. These resources and the training they receive, enable the befriender to identify challenging areas in the young persons life, be able to discuss them safely and then give the young person some coping strategies. Each young person is different and our befrienders are trained to adapt the resources and sessions to meet individual needs.

Some of the aspects covered include

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness and loss
  • Communication

Life after H2H - a drawing by a young person