user led mental health advocacy

Befriending Service


Befriending is a confidential service which supports people, aged 18-65, who as a result of mental ill health are experiencing loneliness, or have become socially excluded. All of our befrienders are volunteers who have done our in house training course, and receive support and supervision for the work they do.

The Befriending Service is available throughout the Bradford Metropolitan Area and is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group.



If you are a health professional and would like to make a referral to the Befriending Service, please follow the link here.

Would you like befriending?

If you are interested in being befriended, please download and read our information leaflet. If you then decide that you would like this service, please download and complete the registration form. You can return the form as an e-mail attachment, or by post. Addresses can be found on the form.

Please click here for Information Leaflet

Please click here for Referral Form

Please return completed forms to Jack Smith,  Befriending Project Co-ordinator by post using our address below; or by email to

Alternatively, please call 01274 770118 and ask to speak to Jack Smith, our Befriending Service Co-ordinator. Jack will be happy to answer any questions, and if you wish to take up the service, we will send you a registration form, which we will be happy to go through with you.

Would you like to become a Volunteer Befriender?

Can you spare a couple of hours a week? As a Volunteer Befriender you will be giving someone who has become lonely through mental ill health the chance to develop a whole new social life. This can also be an opportunity to learn new skills, as well as socialise and have fun yourself.


If you have direct experience of mental ill health, or you are a carer of someone with mental ill health, we will view this as a positive attribute.


As a volunteer you will be given full training which will take place at BAMHAG’s offices in Bradford or at another venue in Keighley, once we have sufficient numbers of volunteers. Our comprehensive training will consist of 7 half day sessions. Following the training you will be given individual support during your befriending work. There will also be opportunities for ongoing training and group support at volunteer meetings.


If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Befriender, please download and read the following leaflet:

Information for Volunteer Befrienders

If you then wish to take part in the training please contact us using the details supplied, and we will place you on our mailing list. Once the dates for our training have been finalised we will send you an information pack and an application form.






We plan to hold our next training starting in March 2017. If you have clients who are served by either the “Bradford”,” Bradford Districts” , or, the “Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG”, who are ready, and would like to become a Volunteer Befriender within their local area, please ask them to contact the Befriending Projector Coordinator ASAP.




Training: The course comprises of seven modules presented, one module per week, at BAMHAG’s offices. There are no examinations or formal tests. On completion, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement and be given an induction interview in order to ascertain your needs and provide feedback.




Course Details: The modules will be presented at BAMHAG’s Bradford office from 11:00 until 3:00pm.




Dates: -


Module 1:                           Thursday 2nd March 2017


Module 2:                           Thursday 9th March 2017


Module 3:                           Thursday 16th March 2017


Module 4:                           Thursday 23rd March 2017


Module 5:                           Thursday 30th March 2017


Module 6:                           Thursday 6th April 2017


Module 7:                           Thursday 13th April 2017