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Dumfries & Galloway Befriending Project

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Charity description

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We aim to:  "Support and enrich the lives of vulnerable young people, aged 8 - 18, across Dumfries & Galloway, through Befriending."

We are an early intervention service which exists to promote the well-being of vulnerable young people by encouraging successful transitions in their lives, building social networks and offering a range of coping strategies. 

This is done through one-to-one befriending of a young person with an accredited adult enjoying community based activates.  A befriender spends time with a young person, listening and sharing fun experiences with him or her.  Together, they spend a few hours a week – maybe enjoying an activity, chatting and generally ‘having fun.’

Young people referred to the project may be:
* Going through a rough patch
* Isolated – geographically or socially
* Unable to access social activities
* Affected by the lifestyle of other family member
* Affected by bulling or other problems at school
* A young carer

Befriending can make a huge difference to a young person’s life.  It aims to boost confidence and improve life opportunities by…

* Developing trust between a young person and an adult.
* Providing an independent, non-judgmental adult to talk to confidentially – someone outwith the family.
* Offering an opportunity to try out different activities and learn new skills.
* Channelling energies in a positive direction.
* Encouraging development of their skills and expansion of their horizons.

Charity No: SC024562

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