This is a befriending project aimed at whose who are feeling lonely and isolated or in need of support to carry out hurdles of everyday life.

Our aim is to reach out and support people by showing God's love utilising DBS checked telephone befriending volunteers with a heart to help those in need.

The service also uses a network of existing and new statutory, business and voluntary sector partner organisations to find people safe, secure, sustainable tenancies, manage debt and claim benefits and run a series of programmes to help people into employment. 

Sarah Fowler, Head of Poverty Prevention says

“Our team are able to provide more support to those people who are struggling with their mental health at the moment through our new befriending programme and well as to better support people who are in debt, who are unemployed or who are having problems with their tenancies.”

Our aim is to reach out and support individuals who might be lonely, homeless, newly housed or at risk of eviction. We want to help them overcome the obstacles they face in finding and sustaining tenancies by telephone befriending and socially distanced visits/interactions.

We want to help them to be more resilient, to aid them to self-manage their debt and budget their money.  To help them build their own lives and ultimately getting into employment to support themselves.

To be an encouraging voice at a time where new experiences can be very daunting.


This Befriending Service has been made possible through Derby City Mission receiving the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, as part of a programme that aims to help Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services during this pandemic in Derby. Read more about this here.

If you need someone to support you, or know of someone that you'd like to refer, please contact us by completing this form.

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