What we do Poverty Prevention Befriending Service The Team We'd like to introduce Ali Pawlowycz, the Befriending & Training Coordinator at Derby City Mission. We wanted to get to know her more and find out how Elevate works, so we asked her a few questions. Firstly, tell us a little about your role, the Befriending Project? My experience at DCM has been in supporting individuals in crisis, whether that is the homeless, those with no food or through the befriending service, who need guidance, encouragement and someone to be there for them. Our aim is to address the causes of their situation and be a stepping stone to freedom. What are the types of situations are you finding individuals to be struggling with? God designed us to do life with others and unfortunately many have been isolated during the pandemic. People are lonely and have faced loss in most cases. This has resulted in low self-esteem, low confidence and many mental health issues. What results are you experiencing? We have a fantastic team of trained volunteers who have a heart for people. We are able to match individuals with befrienders so that they can come alongside them and be a reliable source of support and stability. Our team are supporting clients with attending appointments, encouraging healthy interactions and even being someone to talk to; ultimately bringing hope and joy into many lives. It’s amazing to see the difference in those we are supporting after only a short time of contact. What are the prayer needs for this project? We pray that for every interaction that takes place, a burden is shared and the love of Jesus is shown through the conversations and encouragement. The lockdown restrictions mean that we continue to connect with people via technology, so we also pray that these connections will be strong and that we will be able to physically meet with people soon.