Support for Disabled Children and Young People in B&NES


Support for Disabled Children and Young People in B&NES

Time2Share@WECIL supports disabled children, young people and their families across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset.

We have been successfully supporting people to access befriending services and group activities in the area for over 40 years.

The Befriending service provides disabled children and young people with a supportive adult outside of the family home who they can spend quality time with. This allows other family members or carers to have some valuable time to themselves.

This time is even more important now as lockdown restrictions ease, families are looking for a break from the often intense caring responsibilities they have had over the past few months.

Volunteer Befrienders come from a wide range of backgrounds and ages and offer between 2-3 hours per week of support. Activities range from something as simple as reading a book together in the family home to going off on adventures to places a young person may not have been before. This not only provides families with a break, but increases a young person’s self-confidence and independence.

If you are looking for a chance to make a huge difference to a family’s life, and something rewarding at the same time then please let the Befriending team know. They are always on the lookout for new volunteers to join the team!

Due to the nature of the role, volunteers need to be 18 or over and willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check and training. Recruitment processes are in line with the local authority safer recruitment guidelines.

For further information about the service please contact Jo Phillip, B&NES Befriending Co-ordinator on 07542 521509 or email: befriending@wecil.co.uk Information about volunteering can also be found on the website https://www.wecil.co.uk/join-wecil-community/volunteer-for-wecil/ and general information about the service can be found here: https://www.wecil.co.uk/support-info/youth-groups/


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